SPH Foundation's Media in Transition Lecture Series: "The Greatest Change in the History of Media"

More than 600 people attended the third lecture of the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation’s Media in Transition Lecture Series at the Drama Centre on 14 July.

Titled "The Greatest Change in the History of Media”, the speaker was Prof Vin Crosbie, who is the Adjunct Professor of Visual and Interactive Communications and Senior Consultant on Executive Education in New Media at the Syracuse University.

The Media in Transition Lecture Series was started by the SPH Foundation in 2007 to focus on the evolving role of media and its social and economic impact. One of the Foundation’s core objectives is to promote education and life-long learning in Singapore. It also supports other causes such as arts and culture, sports, conservation, community service and charity.

In his lecture, Professor Crosbie shared that within the span of a human’s lifetime, people’s access to news, entertainment, and information has changed from relative scarcity to surplus, surfeit, or overload. As mobile phones and other portable devices begin to replace personal computers as the predominant way in which people access electronic information, video, and audio during this coming decade, more than 4 billion people will have in the palms of their hands instant access to the entire world’s information. How is this changing societies, politics, cultures, and media? This is the greatest change in the history of media.



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