Screen or Print? Which is Really Better?

When it comes to using videos, I feel that it is a lot easier for someone to get their point out in the fashion they want to, meaning if some one wanted to include some sarcasm or comedic relief, doing that in writing and having the reader try to understand is a little more tough rather than being able to communicate it through words or sounds. For instance, the video about motivation that Will made would not have been as funny if someone were to read the dialogue between young Will and old Will rather then watching and listening to it. Also, with videos, the viewers get visuals and do not need to spend as much time trying to create images in their minds of the words they read. Videos are better in terms of showing someone how to do something. There were numerous videos we watched that were (at least I consider them) “how to” videos, meaning videos that visually showed the viewer how to do something. An example that i liked was Sam’s video on how to make a grand entrance, it showed different ways of doing the activity and was a lot easier to follow instead of reading words in a book or on print.

Besides videos being the only helpful item, print has some positive benefits as well. For people who have trouble understand or following along a voice spewing out information, print allows those types of people to keep up at their own pace. Also, print can be right in front of a person, giving them the ability to go back and forth between pages and go over any information they missed or go back to a part that caught their attention. Personally, sometimes I have trouble trying to say what I am thinking so when I write I have more time to think about the best way possible of saying whatever it is I am trying to say. If someone does not like to be on camera, print allows them to express themselves but in a way that more comfortable. When I was doing the concept in 60 project, I had to record some scenes many times because there were little mess ups I would notice so print allows us to simply backspace or erase or cross something out but videos make us rerecord full scenes.

So is video or print better? I do not think there is a definitive answer to that question. I believe that it is all based on personal preference. I think both video and print have their positive aspects and I think they both have their constraints as well. Personally, if I were to choose one, I would choose print because I think videos can be distracting sometimes and I would rather be able to write down and reread my writing looking for any mistakes and giving a quick fix to them, but again it is all preference.

Is Technology Really the Problem?

Everyday, the world gets gifted with some sort of new technology, whether it be helpful or not. Most of the time, the new technology has many upsides and capabilities and that attracts kids. when kids and teens get their hands on new technology they tend to become addicted for a while and parents and adults seem to blame technology for having a negative impact on a kid’s life. Danah Boyd wrote, “It is easier for adults to blame technology for undesirable outcomes than to consider other social, cultural, and personal factors that may be at play” (Its Complicated, p.99). The thing is that Boyd is right. Yes, maybe technology is part of the reason for bad outcomes but I think it does not have a big enough impact to be the reason for bad things happening and I think adults do not understand that technology is part of kids lives now. Back in the day a lot of the technological things (Iphones, xbox, Ipads, tablets, etc) did not exist so adults were not capable of experiencing the same things kids do today, so when they comment about how technology is bad for the younger generations, they are arguing from a stance where they never got a hands on experience. I do think that society plays a big part in undesirable outcomes because the people in society have created a new norm of how to live and if someone does not live the same way then their considered an outcast so I think that all these expectations placed on the younger kids pressure them into becoming something they truly are not or they do not show their real identity.

Another thing Boyd wrote about was how children in today’s day and age are becoming addicted to technology, comparing it to drugs and alcohol abuse. I think that is going a bit over board with the comparisons because yes kids and teens tend to always seem to be on their phones and laptops but by doing that they’re still not causing harm to their bodies. In this little segment, they talk about how young people are not necessarily addicted to technology, but they over use it instead. Again, I have to bring it back to the fact that older people grew up in a whole new generation with less technology available to them so they don’t quite understand how life has changed dramatically and everything is so much different compared to their time period.

Social Media Streaming

Everyday it seems as if a new form of social media appears. It started with Facebook and then Twitter, then Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, etc. As more people join on to the social media movement, each form of social media tries to figure out ways to stream live newsfeed updates faster to their subscribers. But is faster always a good thing? In his book, Carr states “They’ve also placed a whole new emphasis on immediacy. A “status update” from a friend, co-worker, or favorite celebrity loses its currency within moments of being issued. To be up to date requires the continual monitoring of message alerts” (Carr 158). What Carr essentially is saying is that that as live update streaming becomes faster, people tend to care less about the updates they receive because there will always be a new form of news coming in the next seconds that could be or is already more interesting then the prior news.

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As a user of pretty much every form of social media, I would have to agree with Carr on the idea that status updates tend to lose their “currency” because of how everyone wants everything to be faster. I will be on Twitter and as I scroll through the millions of tweets that appear, I become less interested in what people have to post for two reasons actually: One, like Carr said, social media update streaming has become so fast that everyone has the opportunity to constantly refresh their feeds and new updates or news will appear in micro-seconds, causing users to careless about some of the other updates. The second reason is having the power to instantly update your friends, family, acquaintances, or whoever else can tend to lead to a person abusing their social media privileges because there are always those people who need to send updates of every aspect of their lives whether its eating a bowl of cereal or jumping out of a plane, those people still exist and the immediacy of social media updating causes other users to care less and less about what those people have to post because they post so often.

In the end, social media is always going to exist (except for Vine, that kind of disappeared out of nowhere) and people are always going to figure out ways to improve it, it just depends on how each company goes about when it comes to making their subscriber’s social media experience the best.

Media in the New Medium

One of the things that caught my attention while reading Carr’s book is on page 89 when it quotes Marshall McLuhan’s Understanding Media saying “A new medium is never an addition to an old one, nor does it leave the old one in peace. It never ceases to oppress the older media until it finds new shapes and positions for them.” What the quote is really trying to say is traditional media is constantly being remade or recycled and found new uses instead of having it be destroyed or taken away because new ways of distribution are always popping up. It then goes on to talk about how the way people view this new media compared to traditional media causes them to get less information out of what they are viewing. The book uses hyperlinks as an example of new media today and it states that hyperlinks retain a person’s attention away from what they are originally reading and they cause more distractions as well.

My opinion on this topic is that I’d have to agree that the new medium created for media does divert a lot of attention away from what we really wanted to know and now that everything is online and on computers, I feel as if people do not get that hands on touch that they originally got when they had something right in front of them or a simple electronic document or PDF to look at. Me personally, I’d rather have something right in front of me to read rather than on the computer or a screen because I wonder off to doing something else and take more time trying to relearn what I just read.

There was this article I read that did not necessarily argue new media is worse than traditional media, but said that right now there is not enough results and conclusions from the new technology that can prove new media is better. It says students writing skills sometimes suffer from using slang online and in texts so when they write they tend to have more minor errors that they unconsciously make, but at the same time it says students who use computers tend to write longer essays, not always being the best, but still using more words. It goes into other examples, giving both sides a valid argument, but I guess that the only real answer will come once there is enough evidence to prove it.