Girls, Women and all Humans, Welcome to the New World of MEDIA!
Media- the means of communication that reach or influence people widely: Media includes every broadcasting and narrowcasting medium such as newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, billboards, direct mail, telephone, fax, and internet.
New/Social Media- is a broad term that emerged in the later part of the 20th century. For example, new media holds out a possibility of on-demand access to content any time, anywhere, on any digital device, as well as interactive user feedback, creative participation and community formation around the media content. Another important promise of New Media is the "democratization" of the creation, publishing, distribution and consumption of media content. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_media
At this point in our human history, WE are media creators. Past generations of humans had to simply absorb and digest other people's views as "Media", with no access to those "communication channels" for themselves. Whether through hand written works, the printing press, telegraph, radio and tv, information and entertainment was supplied to us, with no opportunity to co-create or participate.
Those days are over. Now, we point our cameras and phones, capture video, photos and sound, and with one click we can send them throughout the world- so anyone else with a connection device can see and respond to what we think, feel and report.
Girls Making Media was created in 2008 to assist girls and young women as they learn the methods of media creation. Not only the Tech, but the Story. Pushing a technical button to 'publish' is one thing, but when the microphone comes to you, what do you want to say? Considering that now girls around the world aged 8 to 18 and women aged 28 or 88 can, for the first time, share their thoughts, feelings, opinions, art and wisdom with the world, what do you want to share?
This is what we learn to do in Girls Making Media.
We become a channel/medium for useful information.
We share our voices with the world.
The Voice of Girls will change the World.