An Introduction to Digital Media

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Computers - 173 pages
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An Introduction to Digital Media is a clear and comprehensive account of the development and future possibilities of digital media by one of their most authoritative analysts. Tony Feldman addresses fundamental questions about digital media and their potential use in our everyday lives. What are digital media? What is special about them? How do digital media systems work, technologically and commercially? And where is the digital media revolution taking us?
Tony Feldman considers the new digital media in two distinct but increasingly converging areas: the world of packaged 'offline' media such as CD-ROM and the world of transmitted media, including digital broadcasting and interactive online services. He begins with an overview of the digital media landscape, and goes on to describe the impact of CD-based media and the development of a consumer market for multimedia products. Feldman then traces the equally dramatic growth of online services and the Internet in particular, assessing myths and realities about the information superhighway and its commercial possibilities.
An Introduction to Digital Media concludes with an assessment of the strategic implications of going digital for media industries such as publishing, broadcasting, cinema and music, and considers the key role that individuals will play in determining the course of the digital revolution.
 

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Contents

MULTIMEDIA
22
THE COMPACT DISC ARRIVES
35
video
49
Using video in CD media
56
Evading the log jam
63
4 MYTH AND REALITY ON THE SUPERHIGHWAY
69
ONLINE NETWORKS
91
WEB COMMERCE
117
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
152
Index
167
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