The piece that Meikle and Young collaboratively wrote makes me wonder back to a few years ago where I was actually one of the few who relied on iTunes so prominently whether it was because I was unaware of other, faster programs and/or because I am not very technologically savvy. Like Edwin Munet, I’d also have to wonder as to why Apple chose not to create two different programs and make them interact with one another. It may have been only me to ask for such a thing since I am so challenged by technology but it just seems to not have peoples best interest in mind. Also, for the sake of us all, it would probably save a lot of time and hassle. Thankfully, I can say that I now use a program that is much quicker to load and doesn’t require as many updates as did iTunes which is called VLC.
Media has become the center of almost everything in the world. Everyone is exposed to media, for example, facebook, twitter and the news etc. To Meikle and Young, media convergence means, information passed across various media platforms. Meikle and Young use the example of wikileaks to show how the group published many documents through various media sources like the internet, newspaper, and on television when the public watches the news. They also talk about how television and the internet are becoming the same type of media. As well as how people try to develop new ways of interacting with media and how the average number of hours that people are using media is increasing.
In the introduction of the reading of Media Convergence, the authors Graham Meikle and Sherman Young both explain how media has become an important factor in our life. In the text, it says “the average person spends almost nine hours a day using media – watching tv, reading newspapers, listening to the radio, texting, gaming and using the internet ” (Meikle and Young, 2nd page). We are spending more of our time on media than we are spending when we are sleeping, and when we are at the workplace (2). “The media are no longer just what we watch, listen to or read – the media are now what we do” (Meikle and Young, 2nd page).