Digital Writing, a Flexible Art Form Always Evolving

Digital writing is a creative and community-building form of expression in a digital format. It is subject to change as technology advances, and will continue to transform and stay relevant till the end of time. Daniel Newman’s article “Top Six Digital Transformation Trends In Media And Entertainment” highlights this idea of an ever-changing digital media, while simultaneously being part of said media. Newman explains the diversity of the current media, such as digital media becoming more prevalent in the form of VR, social media, and AI. He also notes how media companies like Netflix or Amazon are beginning to target the consumer’s wants more easily as technology advances. This article shares themes with “Why Digital Writing Matters,” as they both acknowledge how this new world technology has altered how people express themselves, communicate, and digest information. “Why Digital Writing Matters” also goes more in to depth about how useful digital writing can be and how much more versatile it is than regular writing. Students, instructors, and pretty much anyone can create or consume together online. A digital piece can easily be revised, added to, and spread around. It can also have supplemental audio, video, or pictures to improve the effect of the writing. Digital writing can also be in the form of a transcript used to create audio or video, such as our very first assignment as well as the NPR movie review and the Ted Talk. This media provides yet another example of digital versatility that the other assigned readings were referring to. The audio movie review about Bill and Ted Face the Music is a more easily digestible source of digital writing that uses the perspective of different commentators to analyze and compare the movie to previous iterations. Their critiques about the movie such as Bill and Ted being less interesting or the first half of the movie being slow are understood this easily and are perhaps better than actual reading due to hearing the tone in their voices. This also holds true with the Ted Talk, as it can be more easily digestible especially to younger consumers who have shorter attention spans or just tired college students. I personally found the Ted Talk the most intriguing due to both the favorable video formatting and the content. The way Tasos Frantzolas explains how audio can cause a video to have endless possibilities reminded me of English 315, due to using Premier Pro for this class. His claims that Hollywood is lying to you with sounds and that silence doesn’t actually exist are well articulated and actually relate to the other readings by being associated with digital media. His Ted Talk is yet another example of a brilliant digital writing, just as the audio movie review and articles are also forms of digital writing in different formats. The Ted Talk inspires creativity through audio editing, the audio movie review showcases ideas from multiple perspectives without actually seeing or reading anything, the “Top Six Digital Transformation Trends In Media And Entertainment” article highlights the malleability of digital media, and the “Why Digital Writing Matters” article emphasizes the significance and importance of digital writing.