Webcasting…the computer paradigm shifts to 3rd gear

In my previous post I ranted about events leading up to modern computing (I also went-off about time, distance and the inherent destruction of modern society as we know it… good times). To supplement the first point, I found an article by Joan Van Tassel in New Telecom Quarterly, titled as above. The article talks about the broadcast functionality that has extended a computers usefulness in communication from email, chat and googling (as it’s now being used as a verb) to a broadcast communication technology through webcasting.

Tassel’s article offers a brief outline to the history of webcasting (with fewer acronyms than Winston!) and then gets into the hype-o-rama surrounding current webcasting capability. She covers recent attempts at convergence such as various business partnerships. This reminded me a lot of the early history of the computer that I read in Winston’s chapters 9 & 10 where convergent activity between businesses and government fueled more rapid advancements.

She notes that webcasting is already changing one-to-many and many-to-many communication methods, and is essentially launching computing into a true mass medium at a similar rate as that of the accelerated invention of computing.

You can read the full article at: http://proquest.umi.com.offcampus.lib.washington.edu/

-Alex

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