I struggled with this one. ‘‘Give an example of convergence’’ … most things are examples of convergence now: Netflix, Appel products and our laptops. All of these services and tools have a common denominator: the Internet. From work to entertainment, news to education; most things can be found online (and I don’t think laptops would be so essential if they weren’t connected to the internet).
I decided, however, to focus on what I consider the epitome of convergence: smartphones! I don’t think we realise how incredibly advanced technology is in 2016.
Smartphones have become (almost) essential. It’s not imperative to have one but if you do it makes life easier. You can communicate with people from anywhere, arrange meetings, watch television, listen to the radio and the list goes on. This is the result of traditional media’s adapting to the fact that we carry minicomputers around. Mobile applications are the link between us and traditional media outlets. Creating an app enables users to access television, radio, newspapers and other forms of media as well as services designed for smartphones (Shazam and WhatsApp) and social networks (Facebook and Twitter).
Traditional media is still adapting to technology such as smartphones by creating services that allow the public to consume content in an easier way.