New Media Ecosystems

An Interactive Timeline for Mapping the Communication Environment;xNLx;;xNLx;This digital platform is developed from the resources used in Safak Dikmen’s PhD thesis that focus on communication technologies and internet based television broadcasting. The aim is to educe and map the complicated relationship between advancements in television broadcasting, communication and computer technologies along with the related scientific debates from 1950 until now. Within this frame, a digital timeline was designed including the historical evaluation of the last 70 years of media ecosystem using online and multimedia sources. This new media platform can be defined as a web documentary; all contents are obtained from various sources such as online databases, video and photography sharing platforms and open e-book collection. It should be emphasized that this platform is not entitled as “media ecosystem” but as “new media ecosystem”; since it reveals divers “new” ecosystems formed in their own time according to period’s advancement in technology.;xNLx;Various factors lead the formation of this platform. First, written sources such as PhD thesis, other written documents; book or static graphics with no interaction specificity lack describing this complicated structure. Another trigger for designing this platform is the need for enabling a native language (Turkish) written thesis, naturally structured (restricted) in a specific thesis format into an easily accessible global platform in English. ;xNLx; ;xNLx;Secondly, development of different technologies is merged by diverse and contrasting factors forming a complex system. Mapping this environment through the academic debates of the communication technologies lead the analysis of this structure even more difficult. Therefore, in order to visualise this vast and multilayered progress of the new media ecosystem, a web based open access digital platform is designed. ;xNLx;;xNLx;The last important drive for this platform is the debate of media studies 2.0, initiated in 2007 and lasted for six years with all the proceedings in the following years. David Gauntlett and William Merrin fused this debate as; “In order to understand the latest communication technologies and follow studies in new media; constant update and development of communication studies with new perspectives and research methodologies are required”. Even after ten years from these debates, internet based multimedia platforms as novel mapping of evolving new media ecosystem, especially for studies in academic area, are still not common.;xNLx;;xNLx;I would like to underline the fact that this platform was created as an experimental project. All information regarding the progress and networks could not be included; since all the progress and relations in communication technologies are rapidly evolving in a dynamic environment, yet it could easily be expanded in future. Therefore, major proceedings and important facts were included and highlighted. Please use contact form for all comments, critics and your contributions; as this new media documentary is an ongoing open project.;xNLx;;xNLx;About the Designer;xNLx;;xNLx;Ergin Şafak Dikmen, PhD.;xNLx;;xNLx;Dr. Ergin Şafak Dikmen is instructor in the Faculty of Communication in Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey. Co-founder of the İlef Communication Faculty Video Lab (ilef FA). Worked in divers design company and university research center as a CGI designer, his animation projects was screened in Berlin, İstanbul and Ankara. Being a designer and researcher his main research interests are TV 2.0, Media Ecology, Free Software, CGI and Animation. His most recent research is on Media Archeology and Web TV Platforms.

1930-10-01 00:00:00

BBC - TV Broadcasts

Experimental television broadcasts started

1931-10-01 00:00:00

NBC - TV Broadcasts

Experimental TV broadcasts started

1936-10-01 00:00:00

First High Definition Television

World First Regular High Definition Television Service was inaugurated by BBC

1942-10-01 00:00:00

Harold Innis

"The newspaper in Economic Development" by Harold Innis

1943-10-01 00:00:00

ENIGMA Machine

Developed by German Engenner Arthur Scherbius in 1920’s was highly used in the World War II

1943-10-09 13:55:48


CBS began experimental color field tests using film

1946-10-01 00:00:00

International Association of Broadcasting (IAB)

In April 1945 when an Uruguayan broadcaster, Mr. Lorenzo Balerio Sicco, addressed all broadcasters of America proposing them to hold a Congress of private broadcasting in one of the countries in the American Continent where freedom of thought did not have any restrictions, aiming at gathering ideas and efforts to make all private broadcasting in America an insuperable means of freedom of expression and mutual knowledge among the peoples.

1948-10-01 00:00:00

American Broadcasting Company

ABC television network made its debut

1950-10-01 00:00:00

European Broadcasting Union (EBU)

The EBU was founded in 1950 by a group of 23 broadcasters to foster programming exchanges and mediate technical disputes that were mostly concerned with frequency and interference issues.

1950-10-01 00:00:00

"Empire and Communication" by Harold Innis

Title: Empire and Communications Author: Innis, Harold Adams (1894-1952) Professor of Political Economy in the University of Toronto Date of first publication: 1950 Oxford at the Clarendon Press, Printed in Great Britain

New Media Ecosystems

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