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Media Overload

Sometimes we can get carried away with media consumption. I’m guilty of it and I know that you are too. Smartphones are essentially handheld computers and the whole world is completely addicted to them. Sometimes you have to take a break. I found myself waking up in the morning and the first thing I do is grab my phone. It’s sad I know but, I feel so attached and I don’t know if that’s a good thing. First thing I do is check my facebook page and then I read a couple of articles on Flipboard. My cellphone has become an obsession and it’s not a good thing. I notice I’m not the only one. On the way to school I see people texting and driving. On the bus to school you see 8 out of 10 students on their phones. It’s like everybody are in their own little world and it revolves around their phones. We’ve become so connected as a society that we have become disconnected. Have you every had a friend on Facebook who you may comment on their wall frequently but, when you see them in public you barely saw hi. I know I’m guilty of it. While I’ll be the first to admit that I love technology I do notice that we are obsessed as a nation when it comes to phones. I decided to create a list of things to do to give yourself a break from that Iphone or Andriod.

1. Leave the phone at home.

I know what you’re thinking this guy must be crazy. Just try it. I remember it was a time when I didn’t have a cellphone and I got along just fine. To tell you the true sometimes I miss not having a phone. Things were simple back then. I could remember all my friend’s numbers off the top of my head back then. I didn’t stress over emails. I made plans before hand. I sat around and had meaningful conversations with complete strangers. I know it hard to leave your phone home, but try it. I promise it won’t kill you.

2. Erase your social media apps

Don’t erase your profile just erase the app. I find myself doing this every 2 or 3 months and it feels pretty good. The problem with social media is that it can become addictive. Every time I erase the apps I’m less likely to constantly be on my phone. If you look at most people when they are on their phone it’s mostly because of social media.

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3. Turn it off

Some times it’s just best to turn your phone off. Some people act as if they will die if they don’t have their phone on. People before this generation got along perfectly fine without cellphones. This will help you to reconnect with what’s going on around you. Do it you’ll thank me later.

This simple things can help you reconnect to the real world.



Get Connected

The emergence of social media and microblogging has definitely made journalism more accessible to the average person. I mean, everybody is a blogger or journalist thanks to Facebook and Twitter. In chapter 4 of Journalism Next Briggs does a great job of showing the importance of microblogging. Honestly I didn’t even know that such a word even existed.



Twitter was alway a mystery to me. It wasn’t quite like Facebook. It took a very minimalist approach to social media. You had 140 characters to express your opinions and not a character more. I’ve tried and I mean I have really tried to get into Twitter, but the fact is I don’t quite get it frankly. It’s so short and a lot times messages on Twitter are like an inside joke that you had to hear initially to understand.


Nevertheless I do understand the importance and power that Twitter has had on this generation of up and coming journalist. In the chapter Briggs talks about the immediacy that Twitter brings to journalism. A lot of stories have actually appeared on Twitter before any other media platform could get coverage. Briggs brings up the example of Shawna Redden and the emergency landing of Southwest Airlines in 2011. She gave a first hand account of the situation as it was happening. The whole ordeal was extremely intimate. I almost felt like I was on the plane with her just by her giving the description as it was happening. You don’t get that same emotion with the news. She made a connection with people who were thousands of miles away and that’s what social media and microblogging is all about. It’s that intimacy that you don’t get with news.

Briggs also talks about Twitter being used to collect data. I never really thought about that before reading the chapter, but it’s true. You can get real time information on how people feel about politics, world events, sports, society, and a plethora of other things instantaneously. Once again you don’t get this with news. With news you hear the information and you digest it. With social media you get involved in the conversation, it’s a call and response platform. As a telecommunications major I see the changes in news gathering and distribution and I wonder what’s next. One thing I will say is we are all being connected.