Kicking the Facebook Habit

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Need some food for thought as you wrap up your New Media Diet Projects? Nearly every week, the New York Times runs an article or Op-Ed about new media as it is experienced in everyday life. This week was no exception, and ran a short Op-Ed by Richard Morgan describing his experience with Facebook. He noticed at some point in his time on Facebook that his experience of places, friends, and expectations of social life shifted somewhat. He felt he had lost some sense of control. Read about his experience to find some perspective as you begin to reflect on your own everyday use of new media.

Another Op-Ed published in July by Nick Bilton, Reclaiming Our (Real) Lives From Social Media, reflects on uses of idle time in different eras. His argument is quaint and predictable–we got more done when we had fewer gadgets to distract us. But it is difficult not to feel some sense of familiarity in his complaints even if he is ignoring the ways in which our distracting gadgets really can help us get more done, and be more creative.

These articles are just one side of a very complex negotiation we are currently living through with our new media. Remember, new media is still, in the larger scheme of things, quite young. We’re all still trying to figure it out.



For a fictional story of how new media remediates our relationships, and can skew our experience of the spaces we occupy, watch Noah.

NSFW! Warning: there are some scenes in which the main character visits ChatRoulette (a randomized video chat site, in which the randomn and anonymous format compells people to do some pretty strange things for an audience that constantly refreshes).


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This short film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was written by students in the Ryerson University Film Studies Program. Despite the remnants of the social media ad campaign that made the whole story seem very real, it is a work of fiction. The video, as part of the social media campaign has been made private on YouTube, with explanations on YouTube and Twitter.


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