Digital social media is nothing new

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Mason, Andrew. 2014. "Digital social media is nothing new." Bossio, Diana (ed.) 2014 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference: The Digital and the Social: Communication for Inclusion and Exchange (ANZCA 2014). Melbourne, Australia 09 - 11 Jul 2014 Australia.
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Digital social media is nothing new

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AuthorMason, Andrew
EditorsBossio, Diana
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 2014 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference (ANZCA 2014)
ERA Conference ID51112
Number of Pages19
Year2014
Place of PublicationAustralia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.anzca.net/documents/2014-conf-papers/767-anzca14-mason/file.html
Conference/Event2014 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference: The Digital and the Social: Communication for Inclusion and Exchange (ANZCA 2014)
Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference
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2014 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference: The Digital and the Social: Communication for Inclusion and Exchange (ANZCA 2014)
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Australia and New Zealand Communication Association Conference
Event Date
09 to end of 11 Jul 2014
Event Location
Melbourne, Australia
Event Details
Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference
ANZCA
Abstract

With the contemporary explosion in popularity of web 2.0, Twitter, Skype, Facebook and other social media providing a great number of people with the ability to instantaneously communicate around the globe it is interesting to note that digital electronic social media is a Victorian invention. In a public demonstration, Marconi famously introduced wireless technology to the citizens of London in 1896. From the very earliest days of 'electric' media, amateur radio experimenters were engaged in communities of social interaction, and they relied entirely on digital communication – Morse code is classified under 'digital modes' by regulators such as the Australian Communications and Media Authority because of its on-off encoding of the carrier wave. There is much to compare between contemporary social media and amateur radio. After all, the internet shares technological developments with amateur radio, such as 'packet radio' – the process of breaking up digital information into pieces, and transmitting then reassembling them at the receiving end. This paper uses a variety of sources to compare the practices of amateur radio with contemporary social media, and investigates the popularity of amateur radio in a world where almost anyone can now easily join the global community through modern social media.

Keywordssocial media; media history; amateur radio; producer
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020460608. Mobile computing
470210. Globalisation and culture
470102. Communication technology and digital media studies
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Arts and Communication
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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