Shortwave on the Internet – Medium vs Message
Shortwave on the Internet –
Medium vs Message
Confounded and Conflated
When one talks about listening to “Short Wave” (radio) what does that mean? Really, the communication is confounded in the sense that “Listening to Shortwave Radio” conflates the medium and the message. The medium and the message are separable.
It the past – oh so 5 minutes ago – certain messages could only be communicated through a specific medium. For example, international broadcasts via RF transmissions in the Shortwave RF spectrum. But what happens when communications become aligned with new mediums? Then when one says, “I am listening to Shortwave Radio” maybe post modern people don’t understand what you mean.
What you are really telling them “I am listening to shortwave” is that you are listening to a medium – but what is the message? When messages that have been so historically aligned with a specific and irrevocable medum become detached then talk about the medium (Shortwave) makes no sense.
What about Television? “I am watching Television”. Now you are talking about an appliance. Why would you watch an appliance? You would watch an appliance if that was the only medium by which you could recieve certain types of communications – Video communications in the case of a TV.
“I am on the Telephone”. Get it? The Telephone is an appliance for which only certain messages, based on circumstance, can be communicated.
The Internet Changes Everything
In a word – Convergence. Convergence enabled by the Internet changes everything. Now, you don’t need a Television to watch Television – you can watch “Television” on the Internet ( http://abc.go.com )without a Television. You don’t need a Telephone to use the Telephone – you can use Voice Over IP on the Internet for phone calls without a Telephone applicance.
When the idea of convergence becomes part of the taken-for-granted landscape then folks talking about listening to the Radio appliance, watching the Television appliance, and talking on the Telephone appliance will seem strange. You can do all this on a converged device – such as an apple iPhone or any Internet-connected PC desktop of Laptop.
All of this applies to the traditional sense of “Listening to Shortwave Radio”. What one means in the legacy sense of this statement is that they are probably listening to international broadcasts. So why not say “I am listening to International Broadcasts”? Because the medium (RF Shortwave) has so long been indelibly linked to the message. It was the only way (the appliance) one could get the message.
International Broadcasts have been liberated from the appliance
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If you read the title of our posting “Shortwave on the Internet’ and it didn’t bother you as nosensible then now, if you “got it”, then “Shortwave on the Internet” should be incomprehensible. How can you listen to an appliance on the Internet?
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