My Media Diet

Posted: May 6, 2011 by Gerard C. Carnevale in Uncategorized

Over the course of this semester, although the content of my media diet hasn’t changed much, the way i interpret the media has changed drastically.  I still consume the majority of my media through television, the internet, and magazines occasionally.  I am still a huge fan of the HBO series, Entourage (although this is unfortunately the last season), Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and I stay very up to date with ESPN’s Sportscenter.  There are a few other shows that i watch occasionally, but don’t necessarily follow.   Although i can say that as a result of this class, i have become a fan of both the Daily Show with John Stewart as well as The Colbert Report.  Although i realize they are both obviously comedy shows, both provide humorous interpretations of the recent news stories and make political current events much more interesting. 

 When it comes to the knowledge i attain from the internet, i have always been aware of the inconsistency with the accuracy of information.   This class has made me realize just how much the internet has revolutionized the spread of information throughout the world.  Recently we discussed the raid and killing of Osama Bin Laden, and it was at this point when i realized the television is no longer the fastest means of attaining info.  In just a few years, the television has fallen far behind the internet, similar to how newspapers fell behind years ago. 

Overall, this class taught me to think critically about the media i consume.  Whether visiting a website, watching a news station, listening on to a radio station, or reading the paper, it is important to remember that not everything you read is true.  Biases will always be found, as well as the simple fact that newspapers, tv stations, and magazines want you to endulge in their media, so they will always want the juiciest headlines, whether or not the actual story warrants it.  I am no longer a sponge waiting to absorb any information i encounter but instead i sift through information and critically interpret it to attain only the factual information.  I feel like this class has given me insight into the way information is brought to the public, and i have grown away from being one of the many naive and uninformed members of the public and have grown into a more mature and knowledgeable reader.

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