My Most Important Take-Away

When looking back on our class this semester, I thought about a lot of things about the media that I would have never thought about on my own – thanks to my teacher, class discussion, and opinions from other fellow students. I knew already going into the class that I was not a huge media or technology guru, so I really enjoyed just listening. I guess I could say I am involved with social media, but definitely not as involved as others in the class were. That was interesting to me. People got information and news about things I had no clue about from these different media sources that I have yet to utilize.

I feel a lot more knowledgeable able the media world leaving this class, but I don’t necessarily want my life engrossed with it. I still enjoy having time without my phone on me, or not opening my computer for a whole weekend. These things are just a breathe of fresh air for me. It lets me focus on things that I find a lot more important in my life.

So, I guess the most important thing that I took away from JOMC 240 was there are going to be continuous disruptions from the ever-evolving world of media and technology, but it is up to us to figure out the way that they will affect us. We can choose whether we want these new sources of information in our lives or not and the ones that we choose to let in are going to have consequences on our life – both negative and positive. It is destined to change the way we act, think, and learn.

I am excited about the new technology that is being developed and the new forms that social media are taking, but I am going to be careful about how much of it all I let in thanks to this class.

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Social Media – is it helping to define new standards of beauty?

In class today, we discussed the Dove Campaign called Redefine Beauty. It brought a whole new perspective to the media world that I had never thought about before. The campaign is based off the fact that the media has played a major role in defining what beauty is. It is the skinny, beautiful models that we see on magazines and ads, or the actresses and actors who are flawless and done-up with makeup. But, this add is helping to young girls and women to realize that media – especially the “selfie” – can help us allow that beauty has many different definitions.

After watching the video on it (http://mashable.com/2014/01/20/dove-selfies-short-film/), it made me realize that selfies are helping us define beauty. We send out pictures of ourselves, or post them on social media sites, and we are comfortable with these pictures of ourselves. It makes us realize that people think also think that beauty is the random quick pictures of ourselves, and doesn’t have to be defined by what the models look like. I just thought it was just interesting to look at social media and selfies in a positive way, rather than all negative.

What other things in the media help us to see beauty outside of the standard mold?

Have you ever misinterpreted a text?

…. I have. And today, when it happened again, I really sat down and thought about how often we all do this. Texts have become the way we communicate. For most of the time, text are great. We can use them to send quick messages without calling, or just keep in touch with people throughout the day. But, there is a downside to this. We forget the importance that of a simple phone call. On a phone, you are able to discuss easily and one of the most important things, you can hear a person’s tone. Too many times, I have read into a short text and thought to myself… “What did I do? They must be mad at me if they are being so short?”

Then comes the worries from the misinterpretation, or even the possible fight. All from a simple, typed text message. Why do we let these short messages get to us so much? And better yet, why do we let it harm our relationships, whether it be a boyfriend or just a best friend.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/01/too-much-texting-could-be_n_4192051.html# is a article that talks a little bit more about this. It emphasizes that we are using texting to solve fights or get back on the same page, when in reality, face to face is the way it should be solved (or at least with a phone call!). It also explains how lower quality relationships could be correlated to texting, for both men and women.

I think we need to bring back the importance of face to face discussion to build a relationship, because if we are solving problems between one another using texting, then our future love lives are lookin’ too hot…

Smartphones are the new Buddha?

During the down time in between two of my classes, I sat outside and just stumbled through some sites on my computer – Mashable being one of them. An article caught my eye about 5 meditation mobile apps that have been created to help people deal with their stress.

As of lately, I have been completely swamped with work. I honestly feel like for the past 4 weeks I have sat in front of a computer for almost half of the day, either typing projects, researching, doing projects, making power points…  So when I saw this article about 5 phone apps that could help me relax, I called BS. Being on my phone, looking at ANOTHER screen, is literally the last thing I want to do these days to help me get away from all my stress. My phone has even added to my stress lately, having to get in touch with people for group projects, getting constant emails, etc. Let’s just say, I am happy to set it down and not look at it for hours.

When I saw this article, I thought to myself… “Am I a rare case of trying to get away from technology? Do other people find comfort in it?”

I mean I just can’t get over days that I have to be in front of a screen instead of being outside on these beautiful spring days…

As I read some of the apps and what they do, I thought No Way could these help me calm down. I would rather be out on a run to get my stress out, or hang out with a friend and just enjoy their company when taking a break from everything.

So, I guess my question is, would people really find comfort in these. Am I one of the few who still enjoys time in the world without a technological device or constantly being connected?

To learn about these apps… read more at http://mashable.com/2014/04/06/meditation-apps-workday/