university of Phoenix | Final Exam Week Nine | How has media changed during the last century | Hum/176 | Tina Coffin | 9/11/2011 | | It is hard to know sometimes how our life has changed until we stop for a moment and recall how different media in the world has changed over the last century. In recent year??™s social media, likely more than anything else has significantly changed and impacted most everyone??™s daily lives. Envisioning the global conversation that has developed over the past few years because of tools like online news, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter might have been unimaginable for most people at the beginning of this decade. It used to be the only source of news media was the morning paper, radio, and the local news networks. Media in fact has changed the world around us, and the convenience that makes more information available faster. Social media communication tools have profoundly changed our lives and how we receive information and interact with one another and the world around us. Each morning before checking Yahoo, Google News, or an online newspaper site like USA, Today, or CNN you first look at the stories your friends and people that you know and follow are sharing via Twitter or Facebook.
After all, you did not choose the editors at newspapers and other publications, but you did choose the people the networks and groups that you follow on Twitter, Facebook, or other social networks. I find the news here to be more geared toward my news interest. The news we pass to one another says something about us. The news we pass on to others gives others insight into what we are interested in reading, discussing, or hearing about, and what??™s important to us.
We used to call this gossip, and to a certain extent it still is. The stories I am usually interested in usually consist of world news, local news, politics, or numerous controversial subjects. We are no longer lazy consumers of passive messages. Instead we are active participants in obtaining information as consumers, and leaving comments of our opinions on the issues affecting us personally. We are now able get news through the network we have created, and the news we pass to one another says something about us. It tells others what we are interested in hearing or reading about and what??™s important to us.
On Twitter, some individuals now have a million or more followers, Facebook Pages can also have hundreds of thousands of fans, and YouTube videos can get millions of views when they go viral. Most of this content is coming from regular everyday people, rather than big, corporate-owned media organizations. Many well-known people have used social media to increase their influence beyond what was possible for ???regular people??? in the past. Social media is a way for politicians to ask and answer questions of the voters.
Businesses can create followers to be future potential customers. If someone simply clicks ???Like??? on the fan page you now become a fan of this liked page. This enables you to receive newsfeeds from anyone, or anything you like around the clock.
YouTube enables anyone to past any type of video to this site, whether you a new musical artist, a professor or new reporter posting a documentary, schools post plays for parents and the world to view. Many young people use YouTube to watch music videos of their favorite artist. Anyone can post virtually anything on YouTube for millions of people to view. I can personally spend several hours a day browsing music and listening. Movies are available on YouTube to be viewed by anyone at any time. They are not new releases but I often find a movie I would like to watch again and view it on this site for free. Some people feel social networking cause??™s increasingly socially awkward people and relationships. These people feel it is dehumanizing a real community life and, as a consequence, we are losing social skills.
I think they could not be further from the truth. Anyone with the slightest experience of using social media knows that it is about being? more social. We now have the ability to engage in conversations through blogs, Tweets, news forums, and post with friends, family, and colleagues. We are more literate, better informed, more connected, also more open to creating new relationships, and generally more interested in what is going on in our communities, families, friends and the world around us. We have more contact with friends, family and colleagues through these media sources than ever before by sharing links to what interest us. We also Share photos of family on websites such as Facebook.
Engaging in conversations with friends, family about what is going on in their world today. Keeping in touch with our High School friends, or people with we share a common interest. In every era, cultures go through numerous changes, and in recent years ours has been more impacted than anything else by the use social media. Large media companies are not likely to be going away overnight, nor will the need to communicate by phone calls or meeting people in person any longer, but social media is providing yet one more means of engaging with people on this vast planet of ours, and if used effectively can give all of us greater choice in how we live and what happens in our world. We have the right to freedom of speech, and these sites enable us to contribute anything to the conversation we want to interject. With the convenience of media at your fingertips by use of the internet I soon see newspapers being a thing of the past. I feel Newspapers, radios, and some social media sites like MySpace, which were the largest forms of media a century ago, are becoming less and less popular now. Hand written letters are not written nearly as much as they once were a century ago.
Children are not taught to learn cursive writing in schools anymore this is a soon to be lost art. Birthday cards are also sent by internet versus the way it was done previously by buying the perfect card, hand signing it, and mailing it through the United States postal service.