A Day Without Media

I was challenged to go a full 24 hours without any media usage. This meant no cellphone, television, computer, or anything with a screen. Now some may find this easy, but for me, I am surrounded everyday by media. I knew this was going to be a challenge so I chose a day that I was going to have to work so I would not completely lose it. I started this attempt at 10:00 P.M. on Friday before I went to bed. That next morning was a struggle because I had to use a manual clock to keep time. I went into work that day at one. I work at Rendezvous Formal Wear, and Saturdays is our busiest day. Since we are so busy, I usually do not have time to get on my phone anyways. That made five hours of my day easy. The difficult part was after work, the first thing I do when I get back home is get on my phone and catch up on what I missed that day. Since I could not do what I usually do after a day at work, I compromised. My friend needed to me to paint a paddle for him, so I found this to be a good time to do that. I worked on it layer by layer throughout the night. I made dinner which also passed time, while I visited with friends. I found this assignment not to difficult, because I was able to consume my day with people around me. I would much rather visit with the people I love than spend my time using media.

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Media, Media everywhere

The other night while at Buffalo Wild Wings, I got to thinking. Why is it that they have so many TVs. Everywhere you turn you see another TV. Most of the time they are all playing the same thing.  http://www.buffalowildwings.com/en/everygamecounts/ We as people love places with multiple TVs to watch while we eat dinner. Media consumes much of our everyday lives. Just think about how much time you spend using media everyday. I can almost bet we use over half of our awake time devoted to a screen. Why is this? What would we do as people if our media ever disappeared?  http://steptohealth.com/danger-eating-front-tv/image

What if we talked like this? Pt. 2

The second theory on how we communicate is shown in the circular model. http://communicationtheory.org/osgood-schramm-model-of-communication/ This model shows a conversation between person a and person b. Person A is the person who starts the conversation. They give a message off to person B who decodes that message and sends feedback to person A. This also allows person A to be a decoder as well. This model is more believable,because it shows that the person receiving the message is able to respond back. However, this is still not a completely accurate model of how we communicate. In our communication with others, we would continue after the first message is received. This model does not show that. I do like that this model demonstrates the purpose of noise. Noise( http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/noise )can be anything that distracts us from the conversation we are having. This is practical because it happens all the time through communication. image

What if we talked like this?

The sender-receiver model was the first model of communication. http://home.snu.edu/~jsmith/library/body/v25.pdf It is crazy to think that communication was thought to be this simple. This model shows one person sending a message and another receiving it. The problem with this method is that it lacks feedback. Once person A sends the message, person B does not get a chance to respond. This model of communication just does not correctly show how complicated communication can really be. Imagine if this was how we communicated with one another. You would hear the message, but without being able to give feedback it is no conversation at all. http://www.unco.edu/doit/resources/publication_pdfs/feedbackaconversationaboutthework.pdf image

Nonverbal Communication

Tonight, I went out to eat with a few of my closest friends. As we ate, I observed their non-verbals. We often use nonverbal more than verbals. Even when you are not saying what is lingering on your mind, others can tell by the expressions you use. In the picture below, they did not say anything, but you can tell that they are not happy that I am taking their picture. The main question I wonder is why do these non-verbals exist. Why is it that we can “read” someones mind by the look upon their face or by the body language they are using? http://www.helpguide.org/articles/relationships/nonverbal-communication.htm http://psychology.about.com/od/nonverbalcommunication/a/nonverbaltypes.htmimage

Signs and how we use them.

A lot of the ways we communicate is not through person to person. Way of communication can be told through signs and symbols. Symbols can vary depending on where in the world you are, but certain symbols mean the same thing internationally. A stop light for instance, is an international symbol. Green, of course, means go. A yellow light means caution, or slow down, and lastly, red means stop. A world without these symbols would be chaos. What if traffic symbols did not exist. What would happen? For one thing, driving would be unsafe and more accidents would occur on a daily basis. http://www.slideserve.com/braith/what-would-the-world-be-like-without-symbols http://catalog.flatworldknowledge.com/bookhub/reader/15?e=mclean-ch01_s01image

Everyday Media

Media is something we use all day every day. Our generation has grown up around the usage of constant media. Media is anything we use to connect to the world around us. I have observed that we often use a combination of medias on a daily basis. After each class I leave, I notice that the first thing people do is check their cellphones. A cellphone combines multiple kinds of media into one device. I am guilty of being glued to my phone as many people are. The worst time for me growing up was being grounded from my cell phone. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/media http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-steyer/kids-overuse-of-media-now_b_40487.htmlhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-steyer/kids-overuse-of-media-now_b_40487.htmlimage Continue reading