It's always been a dream of mine to visit The Newseum in Washington, D.C., and that dream has intensified thanks to news that its HP New Media Gallery opens today.
The HP New Media Gallery is an exhibition devoted solely to social media and how it has changed the way we report and consume news. It's said to be a dynamic, interactive experience with plenty of touch screens and ways to share.
I like everything about this except one thing: The name. Respectfully...
When are we going to stop calling this type of media "new" media?
It's not new anymore. It's the norm. It's mainstream. If anything, it might be more appropriate to call any type of media that isn't social "old media."
Of course, one could make the argument that social media and social technologies are constantly changing, and that new ways of communicating are getting dreamed up every day. So in this context, "new media" seems to be a very appropriate, all-encompassing name.
But that doesn't change the fact that many of the social tools shaping the way we deliver the news have been around at least since The Newseum opened in 2008. And by the standards of today's news cycles, that's hardly "new."
Yet I also consider that once upon a time, print would have been considered "new media." Perhaps as the media changes, so will the exhibition.
What do you think of the term "new media?" Is it appropriate to categorize social media under this heading anymore?