Author: cdoyle6

Searching For Content

The evolution of technology has surely altered the way we consume and process media. Media has transformed from long form, print media into concise digital media. I’ve heard countless arguments that this Internet era has made humanity into distracted zombies staring at screens all day. I definitely use the Internet very often, but I’m resistant to the notion that prolonged use is making me “dumber”. I think Twitter and the web in general encourages me to investigate “thick tweets” and other forms of media I see. I often find an interesting article in these tweets and enjoy reading the media I find on Twitter. There is so much content to explore online and Twitter is a great tool to discover this new media. Nicholas Carr’s article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” argued that continued use of the Internet has made him and many others dumber. Carr discusses how he hardly ever reads a long form article anymore. He instead opts to skim almost all articles he reads online. I’ve definitely noticed patterns in my own life where I’m easily distracted online, bouncing from tab to tab looking for something new to consume. But, I still take time to read any interesting long form articles I find. If a subject grabs my attention, I will happily read a long article.

With the endless amount of content to explore online, there is always something interesting to see. Skimming an article is pointless. The best thing about using the web is having the ability to get vital information and find interesting stories. Carr makes valid points about concentration problems and overstimulation online. But, ANY person can focus on a subject if it interests them. In fact, the Internet can make us smarter if we consume media effectively.

After posting two “thick” tweets today, I have now reached a whopping 211 tweets despite being on Twitter since January 2012. That is a very low number of tweets compared to most of my peers. I feel as though I’m not involved in the digital conversation and community of social media. I do use Twitter to discover new media, but I’m not contributing to the online community. I think I will always prefer to say less and read more on Twitter. It’s possible that my Media Diet will change throughout the semester. For now, I’ll stick to utilizing the media I find rather than tweeting about my day.

Connor Doyle

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Out With The Old, In With The New

New media and the Internet have so much to offer. Our computers are essential tools to life. The majority of what we as a society do is made possible by technology. Staying up to date with news, connecting with our friends and getting schoolwork done are just a sample of the endless things that a computer allows us to do. My earliest memories of a computer are far simpler than the multifaceted power it has grown into today. My family had a bulky, loud Gateway desktop computer, and it’s primary function was for my mom to do her freelance work and for me to play computer games. Long, cold Chicago winters would prevent me from playing outside, so this new source of fun was amazing at the time. I spent the winter playing my favorite games: Putt Putt Goes to the Moon, Carmen San Diego, and even the computer’s basic pinball game. I was hooked on gaming; it was such a unique experience. I’ll never forget the aggravating sound of our dial up connection buzzing and struggling while I eagerly waited to start playing my games.

As years went by, technology improved and better games were released. My basic computer games were replaced with a shiny new PlayStation, and I quickly learned the intricacies of the high-powered console. I remember seeing that PlayStation had released a newer, better version of the console called the PS2. It was the first time I recognized the way new media worked. It was constantly evolving. There would always be newer, better technology to use and it would be difficult to resist begging my parents for the newer version. In hindsight, I should have been more appreciative of owning any kind of new media technology at such a young age. But the beauty of new media is it’s constant evolution, and the quest to utilize it to it’s fullest potential

Connor Doyle

Sources:”Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon – Panasonic 3DO.” – Games Database. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Sept. 2014. .

“HowStuffWorks “How PlayStation Works”” HowStuffWorks. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Sept. 2014. .