Digital Convergence is an everyday developing technology that not only continues to change but also one that benefits everyone including corporations, large and small businesses, organizations and everyday people. It's convenient and easy to have everything at your fingertip. For example, my cell phone has a GPS System, games, a music identifier, mailbox for my e-mail addresses, plays music, has the time on it, plays videos, allows me access to my facebook and myspace account, is a calculator, alarm clock and is also my phone. This is digital convergence. Now obviously I am the consumer and I use this device for literally everything I need. I refer to my phone as my "lifeline" to my friends because with this many of the everyday items I need on it, it is.
Now when it comes to news organizations, according to the article "Can the Apple iPad Save Newspapers?," digital convergence would allow readers to see multiple articles on one screen, have wireless internet, video and more. The idea is that people will pay for this multi-purpose function and let's be real: They will and soon will.
Corporations will use digital convergence in one way: Making a profit. Instead of just selling one item say a phone they combine several technologies into one device to mark up the cost of the device. In my opinion, the demand is also greater for these devices that have multiple functions because it's a matter of convenience and time is money. If I can have one device that has 20 options on it as opposed to 3 devices that have 3 functions each, clearly I'm going to purchase the device that has the 20 options. Not only will it save me time, it saves me the space of carrying the multiple devices.
Several of these devices that have and will continue to revolutionize digital convergence include: the Amazon Kindle, the Apple iPhone, iTouch, iPad, the Nintendo DSI, Microsoft's Digital Journal, and tons of other types of phones, computers and virtually almost every piece of technology is updating with multiple functions in an effort to increase their digital convergence to compete in the market.
Pictured above are just some of Apple's products using digital convergence. The iPhone is one of the most popular cell phones on the market today. Not only a phone, but a phone that contains multiple apps or applications just by touching the screen. Not only does it allow you to buy and or download these apps, but it's a phone, calculator, calendar, internet provider, gives you the weather, GPS system, music and so so much more. A list of apps can be found here.
So now the question is how does this all play into the Long Tail and Creative Commons in which we learned about earlier in the semester? Well simply put they all go hand in hand. The Long Tail allows us technology and with digital convergence, we are now constantly being allowed more technology in one compact device with several functions. When it comes to Creative Commons, this is where we are allowed to use and change works of art to make them our own as long as we give credit to the original artist. With digital convergence we can change those works in more than one way. For example, using the Apple iPad I can reach a video on the internet and then I can change it to my own work of art as long as I give proper credit to the original artist. It's pretty fascinating to see how all three play together.
In 2020 it's hard to imagine what the digital world will be like. Such changes occur on a daily basis as it is now and will only continue to grow. I imagine the speed at which we can reach our e-mail, and internet will take even less time than it does now. In an article I read it discusses fanciful ideas that Apple will come up with in the future, the thing is I don't believe they're fanciful ideas. I truly think that Apple and other technological companies are constantly coming up with prototypes of such products as the tribook. I do think sadly however that within ten years, technology will have definitely outrun our lives. I think classes won't even exist but instead everything will be done online, including lectures over camera. I also believe computers will write our papers for us as we speak it out to a microphone in the computer. I think about the medical advances technologically speaking as well and digital convergence is probably going to play into that as well by giving us a cyberknife type of object that gives us vitals, performs surgeries and can look up on the internet how to perform the surgery. While I'm one for technological advances, it's actual rather scary to think about what advances will take place in the next ten years.
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