Digital social media is nothing new

Mason, Andrew ORCID: (2014) Digital social media is nothing new. In: 2014 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference: The Digital and the Social: Communication for Inclusion and Exchange (ANZCA 2014), 9-11 Jul 2014, Melbourne, Australia.

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With the contemporary explosion in popularity of web 2.0, Twitter, Skype, Facebook and other social media providing a great number of people with the ability to instantaneously communicate around the globe it is interesting to note that digital electronic social media is a Victorian invention. In a public demonstration, Marconi famously introduced wireless technology to the citizens of London in 1896. From the very earliest days of 'electric' media, amateur radio experimenters were engaged in communities of social interaction, and they relied entirely on digital communication – Morse code is classified under 'digital modes' by regulators such as the Australian Communications and Media Authority because of its on-off encoding of the carrier wave. There is much to compare between contemporary social media and amateur radio. After all, the internet shares technological developments with amateur radio, such as 'packet radio' – the process of breaking up digital information into pieces, and transmitting then reassembling them at the receiving end. This paper uses a variety of sources to compare the practices of amateur radio with contemporary social media, and investigates the popularity of amateur radio in a world where almost anyone can now easily join the global community through modern social media.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication (1 Jul 2013 - 28 Feb 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication (1 Jul 2013 - 28 Feb 2019)
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2015 02:06
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2022 01:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: social media; media history; amateur radio; producer
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080502 Mobile Technologies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200206 Globalisation and Culture
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Fields of Research (2020): 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4606 Distributed computing and systems software > 460608 Mobile computing
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4702 Cultural studies > 470210 Globalisation and culture
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4701 Communication and media studies > 470102 Communication technology and digital media studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture

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