Since the media logs have to be turned in digitally I’ve decided to take all of my log entries and make a blog. The blog option is appealing because it provides an interactive aspect. I can provide links to pages, insert pictures, or insert videos. Doing this project as a blog in the first place would have been a much better idea. Going through and linking/inserting after the fact is very time consuming. Its a little extra work but hopefully it will be worth it. Something that I hadn’t thought about until now is creating a video log. That might have been interesting, but difficult to grade.
As a student of media it is important for me to understand what media actually is. The traditional sense of the word seems to mean things like radio, television, print, and now newer digital forms. But as I study more I have come to realize that media goes far beyond these basic mediums. Media is anything that has the ability to alter perception through the manipulation of our sensory environments. The fore mentioned basic mediums do this in various ways. Television alters our sight and sound environment. Radio strictly alters sounds. Print alters perception through visual symbols, the alphabet. And new digital media alters our environment in ways that were never imagined 20 years ago. To think of media in this is very revealing.
Apparently there is something called ‘Cinema Rage’ that I’ve been unaware of. I came across this article the other day about a man being shot dead over eating popcorn too loudly during a screening of Black Swan. According to the article this isn’t the only incident of cinema rage. In 2009 a woman was doused in bleach after telling a teenage to quiet down during Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This makes me afraid to see The Room at the Tivoli.
Utko is a Polish newspaper designer that has an interesting idea on how to save newspapers. His idea is that design alone can save newspapers. He gives an interesting TED talk on this idea. Through design he has increased the circulation of some Eastern Europe papers by 100% and has won design awards for his work. The papers that he designs look more like magazines. His designs make the papers more appealing. I would rather read one of his papers than the New York Times just they look interesting visually. Perhaps this is the only thing that newspapers need to do to be saved. After all, papers have never really undergone a complete design change.
So Osama bin Laden is finally dead. At least that is what is being reported. This a very late in the game media log item but it is an important story. After days without the internet I finally broke down and went to a coffee shop to check out what I assumed to be a media frenzy. News about the raid, and the death of bin Laden, is everywhere but there is so much coverage I don’t know where to start. Its media overload. Some of the articles are just junk. The best article relating to bin Laden’s death is this one. I found it on Yahoo news while checking my email. It is about a man that can finally shave his beard. The Onion should watch out, Yahoo news is getting pretty hilarious with their articles.
Can a modern human survive without the Internet? I’m attempting to find out. This week I moved into a new apartment with the intention of going as long as possible without setting up internet service. Books, or maybe the radio, will have to keep me company until I inevitably break down and call Charter. This experiment might lead to a new found tech free lifestyle, endless nights filled with boredom, or total detachment from current events. Either way it will be an opportunity to look at how I use certain mediums and how the absence of them affects my life.
The case of Ted Williams is a strange one. A homeless man who has a great radio voice is found by a reporter who takes and puts it on YouTube, then the homeless man is offered a job by the Cleveland Cavaliers. It seems like PR stunt to me. Giving a homeless man a job is great, but it doesn’t have to be so publicized. There are plenty of people out there more deserving of a job. Ted Williams had his chance, he had a family, and a job in radio, but lost all of it due to addiction. There tens of thousands of people looking for employment right now. Give them a chance. The story of Ted Williams is another strange YouTube sensation. Let’s see where this one goes.