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Individual as content creator[edit | edit source]

Digital media has allowed individuals to be more active in content creation.

Anyone with access to computers and the Internet can participate in social media and contribute their own writing, art, videos, photography and commentary to the Internet, as well as conduct business online. This has come to be known as citizen journalism. This spike in user created content is due to the development of the internet as well as the way in which users interact with media today. The release of technologies such mobile devices allow for easier and quicker access to all things media.

Many media production tools that were once only available to a few are now free and easy to use. The cost of devices that can access the internet is dropping steadily, and now personal ownership of multiple digital devices is becoming standard. These elements have had a significant impact on political participation.

Digital media is seen by many scholars as having a role in Arab Spring, and crackdowns on the use of digital and social media by embattled governments are increasingly common. Many governments restrict access to digital media in some way, either to prevent obscenity or in a broader form of political censorship.

User-generated content raises issues of privacy, credibility, civility and compensation for cultural, intellectual and artistic contributions. The spread of digital media, and the wide range of literacy and communications skills necessary to use it effectively, have deepened the digital divide between those who have access to digital media and those who don't.

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Also learn about the digital revolution and copyrights.

Digital Media engages students and easily integrates with learning goals.[edit | edit source]

  • With Digital Media, students get to splice and mix digital sounds, photos and videos.
  • Tasks are more exciting with music, pictures, and themselves. Increased engagement, less attrition, more context, higher interests and motivations with somewhat simple programs can generate fun, tangible result. Story-telling with digital media roles, such as a digital media producer becomes possible.
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