Communication Technology & Music

Henry Wadsworth once said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” I find this statement to be completely true. In reference to Pew, I fall into the 80 percentile of adults whom use digital audio. People don’t have to understand the words of a song in order to enjoy it. It has also been said that people use music to learn another language.  Music helps me memorize things easier. I use my PDA as a form of gratification perspective. It is entertaining and convenient. When I listen to music it helps me relax. If I’m upset or I am feeling trapped I listen to music to help me escape from my problems –if only for a moment.

Growing up I’ve listened to music on varied devices. According to the displacement theory, the participation in new communication domain takes away from the old. I first grew up just listening to music in the car on the radio. Next I had a Walkman, which is a portable device that played cassette tapes. Later I had a portable CD player, which wasn’t that great to walk around with because the disc skipped easily. I now use an iPod Nano. Once again in reference to the displacement theory, MP3’s are taking time away from interpersonal communication, CD, radio, etc…  Ipod’s are easy to download music on and they are convenient in size so their easy to travel with.  I’ve had three different types of iPod so far. I have linked a website- http://lowendmac.com/2013/ipod-history-origin-2000-2004/#1 – that discusses the history of the iPod and how far it has come since it first came out. I also have the convenience of my smartphone, which I downloaded apps such as Pandora so I can listen to music I chose for free and no commercials.

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Food For Thought: Communication Technology

My name is Elaina Hurd. I am junior and I am double majoring in communications and Spanish. When it comes to communication technology I think it is both a blessing and a curse. Communication is a Godsend in some ways because it keeps us connected with people across the land. It also keeps us updated on current events around the world. Where it used to take us three to five days to receive a letters via mail -about 2 weeks if overseas- it now takes only seconds via email. Though there is praise for communication technology there is also the tragic aspect of it. Many people, especially middle age citizens, say that the millennium babies have lost all connections with the real world. It has been proven that social skills have been compromised by modern communication technology. Nowadays, the most social interaction youth get is from behind a computer screen on social media websites. The problem acquiring most social interactions from technology is we forget about the verbal and nonverbal cues that can suggest interest or disinterest in a conversation. The tone of a voice can show concern or convey anger. Most important is eye contact, which can make or break any interview.

When it comes to new technology I’m usually up to date on the latest gadget. This is because to be a part of society today you have to be in the know of these things. For instance, textbooks are becoming obsolete in classrooms and are being replaced by tablets. Yes you heard me right; each student receives a very expensive piece of technology in lieu of a book. You either get with the new technology or you get left behind. “Traditional” communication kept us connected to the goings on around the world, but it was only a one-way system. Nowadays, we have a two-way system where we can send and receive messages through multiple medium. I have linked a youtube video titled “6 Essential Tech-Savvy Tools for Travelers”. http://youtu.be/hrq65hJHMgg This video is is just an example of some new communication technology that is pretty big right now.

As for the future, I believe that traditional AM and FM radio will still be around for many years to come, because it delivers current local events. Yes there are satellite radio stations and other things of that nature, but those stop of stations are national and don’t focus on local news. However, with that being said I do believe that a lot of radio stations will go out of business because they will lose audiences. The lower the audience count, the lower the advertisements. Since radio stations gain revenue from advertisements they need a big audience. The reason radio stations are losing headcounts is because of new communication technology. One of the main reasons why the radio was so successful was because it allowed listeners to hear the latest music, but now with Apps like Pandora, IHeartRadio, Spotify, etc… People can listen to new music with less to no commercial interruptions.