Definition

new media

New media is a catch-all term for all forms of electronic communication that have appeared or will appear since the original mainly text-and-static picture forms of online communication. New media usually includes any and all of these:

Special audiovisual effects of any kind
Larger than 17 inch displays
streaming video and streaming audio
3-D and virtual reality environments and effects
Highly interactive user interfaces (possibly including mere hypertext or not)
Mobile presentation and computing capabilities
Any kind of communication requiring high-bandwidth
CD and DVD media
Telephone and digital data integration
Online communities
Microdevices with embedded systems programming
Live Internet broadcasting as on the MBone
Person-to-person visual communication (as in CU-SeeMe)
One-to-many visual communication as with
Applications of any of these technology in particular fields such as medicine (telemedicine) and other fields

Although the line is not easily drawn, users of the term often emphasize the visual and visual design aspects of the new digital technology experience. New media encompasses multimedia, a term originally used mainly for standalone (not online) presentations in various scales as well as hypermedia, which emphasizes interactivity and specifically means the ability to selectively link from one form of content to another.

This was last updated in April 2005

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