“Where’s my phone?!?!” I say this frantically every moment my iPhone is out of my sight. What’s worse? Moments like these are extremely rare. I feel as if I cannot go anywhere or do anything without my cellular device attached to my hand, and many of my peers feel this way as well. When did our generation become so obsessed with maintaining this social media appetite? The hunger for the newness, no matter the device (or price in most cases), is so prevalent that right before our eyes the world is changing…and we won’t be looking around to see these changes. We will be looking down. New media has almost completely taken over the social world. This refers to the concept of anyone being able to, at any given time, access any form of media content with freedom via any device or tool. The internet has been a main source for this media access. Since the mid-90’s, the Internet has been affecting pop culture in such a way that has never been seen in history. The convenience, the ease, the feeling of “knowing all” swept over the world and has not shown any mercy. Even when the World Wide Web first gained its popularity, some people were already so obsessed with it that it became an issue. In 1996, the New York Times featured a news story about a 17-year-old Texas boy who had been suffering from withdrawals due to his internet activity ceasing cold-turkey. Apparently, his symptoms resembled those of a person withdrawing from hard drugs or even cigarettes; “[h]is body shuddered with convulsions [and] he hurdled tables and chairs around the hospital.” This behavior seemed erratic, especially for the time period in which it occurred. However today, many Americans have developed an addiction to media. This new media causes many of today’s problems, which are relatively “new” problems. If our technologies were not so advanced, would we have to worry about texting and driving? Cyber bullying? New forms of addiction? These questions are rather important; not only to this generation, but also to the next due to the rate at which technology is advancing. Mediums that existed since the beginning of media itself are still around today. Hardcopy newspapers, magazines, and books are purchased across the globe. However it may seem as if these mediums will soon be replaced entirely by the new forms of the very same thing. The idea of paper-less periodicals and entertainment news blogs (et cetera) has now become a very clear reality, especially since the need for “being green” emerged. This suggests that these new mediums provide less of an ecological footprint. But is this major change really just a sign of the times? From the fast-food drive thru, to online shopping, to buying newly released albums with the click of a button; this nation has got to have it now. Right this very second. No waiting until tomorrow, no calling next week. Right now. With a ton of instant mediums at our fingertips, it is difficult to imagine having to ever go without them. Growing up in the 1990’s, I witnessed our progress from the huge, bulky, ugly cellular phones. My mother had several of these phones over the years, and each one got smaller and smaller. Now, she is blown away by what my sleek, small, innovative iPhone can do. Recently, my mother and I went on a shopping trip. On our way to the mall, she sadly says, “I really wish I still had The Commodores album. I have no idea what happened to my copy.” Being the generous daughter that I am, I promptly navigated to my Pandora Internet Radio application on my iPhone, tapped the “Create a Station” icon, typed in “The Commodores”, and soon my mother’s mood shifted from sullen to joyous. “How did you do that?” she said, snapping her fingers to their song “Easy”. And I responded to her question with the title of that song. It was easy. Now, my mother, who before swore that she would never give in to the “smartphone” craze, is strongly considering making the switch to an…
Your Digital Footprint
We are living in a digital world, it is in almost all aspects of life. Technology today has everything stream lined and molded into the fastest and most convenient forms possible to help make people’s lives better and ultimately easier. The advancements and innovations that have been made throughout recent years are remarkable when compared to where the world was just a few years to a decade ago. With the internet and everything connected to it-…
The New World of Criminal Activity
The Internet continues to grow with increasing accessibility, allowing individuals all over the world to access pirated material seamlessly. “In most Western countries copyright law has devolved into some kind of drooling, malignant beast. Copyright is meant to protect the creator of a work—be it a painting, book, video game, or movie—from being ripped off. But thanks to the force of lobbies, copyright law actually protects the interests of publishers…
The Internet and social networking are offering a number of new clinical and ethical challenges for those who provide face-to-face mental health services. These challenges include extra-therapeutic contacts between therapists and their clients, questions about what distinguishes personal and professional activities online, and a lack of clearly developed policies related to our online behaviors and interactions.
No form of client communication is 100 percent guaranteed to be private. Conversations…
New media is the power to connect to the world by interacting through social networks that use the Internet. Lam, a journalist and short story writer, who wrote “I Tweet, Therefore I Am,” which makes arguments through a pessimistic lens by talking negatively about how 21st century humans believe they can’t live without technology. He implicates that people feel like they have real power through the digital world. Lam also describes how people are becoming selfish and careless because they’re…
Does the Internet Make Us Dumber?
Americans are getting dumber, and the internet is a serious culprit in this decline. Search engines, social media, and wide access have made research and learning obsolete.
Americans are getting dumber. It’s evident every day, and the biggest problem, contrary to popular belief, is not the decline of the education system. It’s not the collapse of social classes. These have been going on for as long as the…
* Ideological criticism in media studies
* Dominant ideologies present in media contents
* The case of news media, rap music, popular TV
* Advertising and consumer culture
Ideological analysis in media
* A system of meaning that helps define and explain the world and that makes value judgments about that world.
* They don’t know it, but they are doing it.
Ideology as normalization
* Ideology defines what…
‘We have modified our environment so radically that we must modify ourselves in order to
Exist in this new environment. (Norbert Wiener 1957).
In today’s world every organization is constantly looking for new ways to reduce cost, reduce the dependency on labour, increase productivity, increase quality and to be ‘up to date’ in any market. The Oxford English Dictionary defines “technology” as the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes. According to Bartlett and Goshal…
Pornography and New Media
Pornography, depending on how one defines it, has existed for thousands of years in the forms of picture, sculpture, performance, and writing. Over the centuries the advent of new media has broadened the flow of distribution of pornography and erotica to the masses, making it readily accessible. From the printing press, to photography, to film, each new medium has provoked a call for censorship from concerned citizens during the early stages of its existence. Pornography…
democracy by offering greater access and participation to citizens than traditional media. Discuss.
Digital communication systems have largely enhanced democracy, offering greater access and participation to many, but not all, citizens. This essay will discuss both sides of the argument, beginning by examining the notion of new, digital media as compared to old, traditional media, the concepts which make such media “new”, and how this adds to democracy and greater participation. On the other hand,…