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My Media Diet

Posted: May 4, 2011 by clgiblin in Uncategorized

Over the past several weeks, my media consumption has seemed to increase a little bit. I have always read the newspaper, but usually not everyday. Recently, I have started to read it almost everyday online. I like to be informed of what is going on in not only the U.S., but also the world. My use of Facebook has definitely increased over the past several weeks as well. This is because a few of my friends are studying abroad in Ireland and are not able to use their cell phones. Facebook makes it possible for us to stay connected and update each other on what is going on in our lives. Messaging on Facebook to my friends is also a lot easier than texting sometimes, especially if it is something long and I am not able to talk to them on the phone.

My biggest change in media consumption though, would probably be the way I view the news. Before I started this class, I would really only watch one news channel and then turn the TV off, walking away believing what I had just heard. Now after taking Communication and Society, I have learned not to believe everything I hear. It is important to question things, since I am not able to be everywhere in the world at once to validate if what has happened is true or not. I have learned that watching more than one source of news is probably a good idea in order to get a well-rounded intake of  the news. Although Facebook is not a very reliable source, when something has just happened, it is often the first place I hear it from, such as the killing of bin Laden. It is weird to think that a social networking website could give your information about what is happening in the world before hearing it on the news. If I see multiple status updates or even one that I am curious about, I make sure to search around for a reliable source to see if it actually is true.

I feel that my media consumption has increased a little bit over this semester. I still use social networking sites and consume the news, but I have definitely increased this consumption and look at them in different ways than before. There are so many different ways of receiving information now, that it is almost mandatory that people make sure they are reading or hearing from credible sources. People are able to express their opinions more freely because of the Internet, making it much more difficult to rely on them as credible. This is one concept from class that is going to stay with me for the rest of my life.

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Number of TV Sets Decreasing

Posted: May 3, 2011 by clgiblin in Uncategorized

The number of homes in the United States with television sets has dropped for the first time in almost 20 years. Now, only 96.7 percent of American households own sets, instead of the previous 98.9 percent. Why is there a decline in TV sets? One reason according to Nielsen Company is poverty. Low-income households no longer have a television because they cannot afford the new digital sets and antennas. Another reason is technology. Young people, such as college graduates, are substituting their media diet of television and movies for the Internet. Although a majority of American households still own televisions, Americans are finding ways to live without them. Will not purchasing televisions be a fast growing trend?

Ps3 Hackers

Posted: April 26, 2011 by clgiblin in Uncategorized

Last week, Sony‘s online PlayStation network experienced a fatal failure because of a hacking attack. For  days users had been contacting Sony, but they remained silent. More than 60 million gamers around the world were unable to play their games with friends online or download demo games. Finally, on Tuesday, Sony reported that as a result of the attack, an “unauthorized person” had obtained personal information about account holders, including their names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and PlayStation user names and passwords. Even credit card numbers could have been accessed, and users are warned to monitor identify theft. This has not been the only problem Sony has had with the PlayStation online network. Will Sony be able to rebuild the network to be more secure and reduce their network problems for the future?

Twitter Spam

Posted: April 19, 2011 by clgiblin in Uncategorized

Spam is seen everywhere on the Internet nowadays. Last night, a series of third-party apps began filtering through Twitter. Twitter users were told that a new app could tell them how many users had “unfollowed” them. “Once a user signed up for the app, his or her account would automatically send the same message to all followers, asking them to verify their account and then take them to a spam advertising site.” The director of Twitter, Del Harvey, suspended these apps and notified users to avoid clicking the links. Not only is it annoying, but it is scary to think how these worms and spam messages can send messages from our own accounts without us knowing.

Multitasking and Memory

Posted: April 11, 2011 by clgiblin in Uncategorized

A recent study shows that multitasking can hinder the working memory of older people. It is found that people between the ages of sixty and eighty have more trouble remembering tasks after a brief interruption than do people in their twenties or thirties. This study asked people to look at a scene, then were interrupted for several seconds by a picture of a person’s face. They were then asked to identify the person in the pictures gender and approximate age, and then to answer questions about the earlier scene. The researchers found that the older people “…found it much harder to disengage from the interruption and reestablish contact with the scene.” The older people are having a “diminished ability” to reactivate the networks involved in the initial task. With technology interruptions all the time, it is no wonder why people are getting distracted and forgetting the task they were supposed to be doing.

April Fool’s Joke Turns Into Reality

Posted: April 5, 2011 by clgiblin in Uncategorized

Every year technology companies have tried to one-up each other with their April Fool’s jokes on the internet. Google announced on Friday, April 1 that they were trying a new product called Gmail Motion, which would allow users to “control Gmail with your body!” They made a video promoting it and describing how it worked. This was Google’s April Fool’s joke, but hackers at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies decided to make it a reality. The team of developers took the sensor from the Microsoft Kinect and tied it together with other software they previously developed for other projects. The hackers ended up creating the Gmail Motion, which Google only intended to use for as a joke.

 

The Bronx Zoo Snake on Twitter

Posted: March 30, 2011 by clgiblin in Uncategorized

Recently, a snake escaped from the reptile exhibit of the Bronx Zoo. The Egyptian Cobra, is a dark snake with a narrow hood. It can grow up to two yards in length, but currently is only twenty inches and pencil-thin, only weighing about three ounces. The director of the zoo believed that the snake was still in the reptile house, but in hiding because it was scared. “Upon leaving its enclosure, the snake would feel vulnerable and seek out a place to hide and feel snake. When the snake gets hungry or thirsty, it will start to move around the building. Once that happens, it will be our best opportunity to recover it,” said Jim Breheny, the director of the zoo. While the snake has gone missing, a Twitter account was created for the missing snake. The account has over ten thousands followers and “offers a hilarious ‘account’ of the snake’s travels throughout New York City. Some of the funnier Twitter messages include: ‘I want to thank those animals of the movie “Madagascar.” They were a real inspiration.” This created account goes to show how creative a person can be with the use of the Internet and social networking tools.