The term “Tech Media” is starting to pop up more frequently these days as a result of the increased interest in new technologies and geek culture. We’ve all seen the videos on YouTube of crazy tech demonstrations, like those that demonstrate how an iPhone can be used to make calls, or how to repair printers. There’s also the bookworm phenomenon: people are writing books on everything that happens in the world of technology. But what is this new media? What is it and what does it have to do with you?
Technological change is a gradual process. It ebbs and flows. We had computers before the iPhone was ever made. Now we have satellite television. Before the internet, we would read books. These things come and go, and the pace of technological change is never very quick or steady.
So what sort of thing can these new media attract people to? Well, there is always something new to try. Video games, digital camera advances, improvements to cell phone technology–there is always something exciting to write about in technology magazines. You will always find people looking for tips online to improve on existing products, or just to build on their knowledge. You will even find entire Internet companies dedicated to providing information on everything tech-related.
In addition to regular magazine content, many websites have also started offering in-depth reports or feature stories on a variety of topics related to technology. A typical day at such a site might start off with a basic report on a new computer chip, followed by a story on the latest advances in cellular technology or perhaps a how-to article on fixing your Windows computer. You can then go on to read up to four more articles on different topics, often going into greater detail than a regular magazine article would. There are even sites that specialize in news from the world of technology.
The Internet makes it easy for people to research any topic they might be interested in. The articles can be fairly detailed and technical, but the authors tend to be very open and humorous as well. If you enjoy reading tech articles, the chances are pretty good you will enjoy reading a blog about them. Some of them are likely to contain some interesting practical advice, while others may simply be a collection of pictures, graphics, or marketing ploys. Whatever the case, you should definitely check out some new blogs on a regular basis.
Tech media can help you learn a lot more about any given subject. If you find yourself starting to get confused, simply look up some information you can use. Even if you never look at it again, you will be better armed than if you didn’t. The entertainment value alone is usually worth your time.