My assignment in my Computers and Writing class today was to write about the definition(s) of the word media. The mini-collage below represents an attempt to do so:
Me: The word media is all over my writing, rolls off my tongue, but used in diverse ways. “Compose in different media,” “new media composition,” – even as a singular – “what media did you choose and why?” I use it (mostly, I think) to refer to the object that mediates information from one user to the next – the computer, the camera, the television, the paper.
Lisa Gitelman: “both technological forms and their associated protocols,” both materials and the social context of production and consumption.
WordPress: ADD MEDIA (with symbol of a camera and a musical note)
Henry Jenkins: media as cultural systems distinct from technologies that function solely as delivery systems.
Me: really? Media as distinct from technologies? Perhaps I buy this in theory.
“The media” (using media)