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Algorithmic control II (Wk10)

In general, convergence means the ‘coming together’ of two or more distinct entities of phenomena. Technological convergence means to increase the prevalent of information within the ‘technology world’. This refers to the combination of two or more different technologies in one single device.

The Media Ecology theory is the study of media, technology and communication and how they can affect the many different human environments. This particular theory was proposed by Marshall McLuhan in the year, 1964. The term ‘media ecology’ was first properly introduced in 1962 by McLuhan.The aspect of media ecology is seen as its ‘greatest strength’ and in addition also its greatest weakness.

A topic we have discussed this week is “Open” vs. “closed” systems. This can mean a lot of things, from the source code to the app store to how much the operating system allows you to customise and change things. Even social media and how you interact with it.

Guilty biased meme, because personally I only own Android phones

Since their creation and ever developing mobile phones, there is always the great world war about Apple and Android mobile phones. However, they are either open or closed. Android mobiles can be more ‘open’ and Apple mobiles are a more ‘closed’ operating systems. When working with open and closed platforms there are disadvantages and consequences. The main disadvantage of open/closed media platforms consist of not being ‘straightforward’ when using these platforms.

Android mobiles allow the user more personalization and ability to change the layout of their phone such as the theme layout, font of display, apps that can be downloaded from anywhere, and the ability to even change the coding to you own desire. Where as an apple mobile does not allow this, you are tightly bound to a set routine and ways to personalise your phone.

You will usually find that open-source systems can not be learnt in a ‘crash course’. This usually requires a lot of effort and training to have the ability to ‘master’ and ‘perfect’ these platforms.

When discussing opened and closes social media platforms, it is important to remember that ‘open’ sharing systems such as Twitter or Facebook – you can not choose who ‘hears’ or ‘sees’ you. While closed systems only interact between people who specifically choose to do so.


Published by Alex Cooper

UOW Communication and Media Student - Majoring in Digital and Social Media - Minoring in Graphic Design

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