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Multimedia: Past, Present, and Future
The term "multimedia" was first used in 1965 to describe a performance that combined music, lights, cinema, and performance art. In the history of multimedia development, technological advances have expanded the definition, and people have argued about how exactly the term should be used. Most people agree that the term multimedia should be used to describe a product that contains several types of media. For example, a multimedia website might feature text, graphics, and clickable sound files.
Recent Trends in the History of Multimedia
With the advent of the Internet and its growing prominence as a news, entertainment, and shopping destination, people skilled in computer multimedia are in great demand. Another growing sector is broadcast design. Broadcast designers come up with ideas for sets for television news programs and create motion graphics for television stations. These graphics might be used to introduce or end shows, to advertise upcoming network shows, or to introduce different segments of one show. The graphics are usually created using computer animation software. Multimedia is also used in education. Multimedia designers create interactive computer software that adapts itself to students' needs.
The Career Outlook for Multimedia
Careers in multimedia are growing faster than average according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Multimedia is a fairly new field, and its growth should continue to keep pace with new technologies. Every time a new way of presenting information is created, multimedia designers will be needed to figure out how to integrate multimedia's new technology with the history of multimedia.
Multimedia designers perform an essential task when they merge different types of media for presentation to the public. Though the history of multimedia development is a short one, the future of multimedia looks long and bright.