Interactivity with regard to New Media, essentially sets it apart from the old medias. “Old Media could only offer a sit-back type of interaction, whereas new media is much more engaging to their audiences.”
A large part of what makes Interactive medias so interesting is that most people overlook their existence. A common home has a television, a computer and the internet which are all interactive medias that play a part in our every day lives. They are the different levels of Media like Lila has said and the media’s that have interactivity include what Monica has said as well. But Interactive medias can have such a range of these levels. From the low level interactive medias like the television which leaves the user to take things at their own pace to the high level interactivity which could include a website allowing contact with the artist who constructed it.
However, for me, the lowest level is most interesting since it would include most video games and online games. I have a huge interest in these and I find that even with low level interactivity being only with data, it is still an interesting experience. I think that data can be a great thing to interact with and you can learn a lot through the access to data that we have now thanks to the internet. I was surprised that I hadn’t thought of how the online games I play are a mix of different types of interaction, seeing as I play Massive Multiplayer Online Games (yes, I have played pretty much all of the games that were mentioned in the presentation of the game-esque utopia whose name escapes me right now). Those games include interaction with data and real people…and I had not even looked at it in terms of an experience until recently.
A Side Note:
I hope I have done this the way you were hoping we would, Lila. I was still unclear with the instructions and when I really thought about it after class. It confused me a little. So please, correct me if I am doing something wrong.