Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Digital Media Europe
Michael D. Dorsher
Digital media are an important part of the New Europe that continues to emerge after the breakup of the Soviet Union in the 1980s, the disintegration of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, the implementation of the euro in 2002, and the ongoing waves of immigrants from Africa and Asia. In the twentieth century, Europeans counted on print and broadcast media to help distinguish and coalesce their individual nations. But in the twenty-first century, they expect digital media to help drive a continent-wide economic renaissance, entertain them, and keep them in quick, inexpensive touch with the folks back home, wherever they may be. In 2008, a trip across Europe would put travelers in touch with digital innovations such as Internet access on trains in England and planes in Germany; 3-D vivisections of Michelangelo's “David” statue in Florence, Italy; digital readouts showing passengers the 200-mph speed of trains in Spain; and six-camera security ...