When the camera became digital or when the bottoms on a mobile phone developed into a touch screen they suddenly became “old” technologies and will soon be inaccessible in our society. Looking in a broader perspective these items and technology are still “new” compared to the time when they did not even exist. As Marco C. Yzer and Brian G. Southwell described in their article New Communications Technologies, “new media” is all about providing new or previously rare contexts for information expression and increase human interaction (Southewell, & Yezer 2008). Also, that developed communication technologies, such as the Iphone, has had a significant impact on our society. In a historical perspective, the first phone, camera, computer and TV are still new technologies due to their importance in our world development in communication and globalisation. However, communication technology will always be evolving and upgrading itself. The old Nokia phone that my parents used in the 90’s would today be considered as old technology compared to today’s smartphone, as these phones have increased human interaction and engagement by making it easier to stay connected with friends and family on a global level.
Reference: Southewell, B. & Yezer, M. (2008). New Communication Technologies, Old Questions. American Behavioral Scientist, 52(1), 8-20. Retrieved from http://anhnguyen.pbworks.com/f/New%2BCommunication%2BTechnologies,%2BOld%2BQuestions..pdf