In Jenkins introduction of “Convergence Culture: Where old and new media collide” is about where old media and new media in convergence culture come together. There are three concepts he talks about from his book; media convergence, participatory culture, and collective intelligence. An example of media convergence is when Jenkins wanted to buy a cell phone that just makes phone calls. He didn’t want his phone to have a camera that can make videos or take pictures, that has an MP3 player, or Web access. He just wanted a regular cell phone that just make regular phone calls to other people. He was told that no phone company makes those kind of cell phones anymore. This is an example of how central phones is becoming to process of media convergence.
My response to this is that convergence can be really helpful. I can go on my phone or laptop to read the news instead of paying to read the newspaper. I could watch the news or my favorite T.V. show on the internet if I missed the broadcast or episode, which is good if you are too busy to watch T.V. I could watch movies on demand from my T.V. without going to a video store to rent a movie to watch. But on the other hand convergence could be a bad thing for old media. Such as newspapers, radios, televisions, renting movies, CD’s, paper money, checks and etc. Technology is advancing everyday, soon enough maybe old media will not exist anymore.
What do you guys think about Convergence Culture?