Being challenged as an assignment for my Mass Communications class, I kept a record of my media consumption for 3 weeks. After recording 21 days of my media consumption it became incredibly clear to me that I am almost completely reliant on my media. Throughout my 21 recording, I made several attempts at having media-less days to no avail. Being born into a world where media has always readily available and suddenly taking that away really made me appreciate the frequently defamed resource as the commodity I’m privileged to have. I don’t communicate much with my family using media except for the occasional text to my grandmother informing her when I’m returning home. The traditional family values they hold mean that most of the communication we have is face to face. My friends who don’t live on campus, which is most of them, only communicate with me via social media aside from one in particular. Being an unemploying college student, most of my media usage can be attributed to school whether is be studying, essay writing, or club/organization activities. Whenever I’m not using media nine times out of ten it’s because I’m playing music. Music is my one window out of the clutches complete media takeover while I play, however, music does the complete opposite when I listen. Overall, I felt as though this experience has changed how a view myself, despite this I don’t see myself changing habits or altering them.
Interviewing my 42 year-old father yielded results completely different from what I expected. I was surprised by our similarities in media usage and overall view of the media. My father, Sammy Range, is a frequent media user and relies on media for not only entertainment but for mostly information. With him being a freight truck driver it’s not surprising that most of his media usage comes through radio, however, I am quite surprised that YouTube is his favorite source of media much like myself. The internet seems like a centralizing medium that attracts people of most ages and backgrounds with varying motives for it’s use. Unlike my father who uses media primarily for informational use, I and most others of my generation find our entertainment through media. Being born into a world of unlimited information has desensitized us to the fact that we have it. We as a generation have become numb to the “information highway” while older generations are either fascinated or terrified of it, and as a result this drastically changes the how we use media compared to other generations rather than what media we use.
The mediums through which media is transferred are ever evolving to provide more accurate news to a greater number of people. As we learn more and more about our society we come to the realization that everything is not as tranquil as it may have seemed. New mediums such as the Internet allow for the worst of mankind to be broadcast to millions of eyes and ears around the world, and as you would expect this leads to people who are not well versed in modern to believe that the medium itself is cause this. The mediums in which we receive media doesn’t create the information, it acts more as a messenger for things that are already happening. Before the Internet and television situations like the Brock Turner rape, BLM, and the Ryan Locke scandal would have flown under the radar. Without a way to get information to different groups and people, our progress as humans would stagnate and we wouldn’t be able to improve. The media shows us how bleak the current world is and always has been, the difference now is that we have the knowledge to change it.