Altar of convergence or convenience?

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In the “Worship at the Altar of Convergence” Jenkins describes the media’s conglomerates attempts at creating and “worshiping” at the altar of media convergence. These attempts, especially the New Orleans Media Experience conference, suggest that there is an underlined trend in thinking that such “altar” would in fact combine and converge all the communication media currently being used. I liked Jenkins’s skepticism on the issue and I strongly disagree with an idea that such altar will ever come into existence. My view of the media is more of the polytheistic approach where many media demigods will be worshipped at many different altars. I believe that a single altar convergence will give a way to many altars of convenience and those will be established by consumer’s needs.


During the disputed Iran’s elections and the demonstrations that followed one of the government’s tools of repression was internet blockage. The mainstream media was already neutralized, but to prevent leakage of information the government downed access to social networks sites and blogs. The information and images still got out. There were not produced by what we commonly refer to as media professionals, but rather every day people that captured protests and violence via their cellphones and through a chain of uploads and downloads transmitted it to news agencies. Neda’s death and other horrifying images of police brutality were captured by amateurs. Had it not been for the convenience of media capture and transport they would probably never been captured and CNN would really hurt for footage! Connectivity and different media platforms enable us to bypass information blockades imposed by authorities. Although we might not be journalists by trade, but bloggers (or freelance commentators as Tom Brokaw would say) we do have power and sometimes a responsibility to contribute to media’s portrayal of reality.


“We live in a world where there is more and more information, and less and less meaning” (Jean Baudrillard). One issue that becomes apparent when it comes to the information superhighway is the difficulty in establishing meaning.
We know more, but we often can’t rationalize the importance or significance of the information received. One positive trait of the information overload is that when it comes to interpreting an event we can easily access many different sources that described that event and on the base of many different accounts we can establish our own understanding and our own perception of that event.

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