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Gone are the days where we would all huddle round the family TV together for the evening; nowadays we are more likely to gather round a mobile phone to see the latest YouTube video emailed from a pal, or get together online to mount an attack on an enemy stronghold. We have a huge choice of ways to acquire and watch moving image entertainment, from watching the latest Blu-Ray movie release to a short YouTube film your friend has made using a virtual world in Second Life.

In this section we will look at many of the different platforms where moving image can be seen, explore how they have been developed and used, and think about the beneficial and negative effects of the technologies.

Get your students logging and analysing who watches what and why, with our media diary activity. Then research how and where people are viewing moving images with the platforms survey.