The Internet, Portable Devices and Video Games by Gross (26-54)

Zachariah James Watson

Gross opens the second chapter from the article titled “Electronic Media: an Introduction” with a breakdown of how the Internet has become the most important place to be in terms of entertainment, information, and interaction along with video games and portable devices. Gross then goes on to discuss how the internet has become encompassed into more traditional forms of media that were once perceived as a separate entity for many years (Newspapers, Magazines, etc.)

Gross later continues the article by discussing the historical roots of the internet, which goes all the way back to the middle of the twentieth century. Gross states that the formation of the internet began with the creation of the earliest electro-machanical calculating machines, which have existed for over one-hundred years and that the first vacuum tube computers were made by the United States during World War II.

Gross then elaborates on how the internet has undergone numerous forms of development and eventually became the efficient search engine that we know it as today (Facebook, Google, Email, etc.)

Discussion Questions:

1) What is the chronicle order in which the computer has evolved since it was first introduced in the 20th century?

2) How has the internet become integrated into our traditional forms of media from the 20th century?


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