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.