Ahh…. Yes the good old days!



       I can still remember my first encounter with computers and the Internet. The first computer I ever used was when I was about seven years old. I used to play games on my father’s computer. The computer games I played at that time were minesweeper, free sale, solitaire, pinball, and paint. I could spend hours playing games or painting a picture with assorted tools, such as paintbrush, spray, or fill. My first memory I have a bout the Internet was the famous animated Dancing baby. I also remember back then we had dial-up, which made it hard to make or receive calls. If you picked up the phone you would hear this annoyingly loud high-pitched squeal in your ear.

   The experiences I had with computers and The Internet that had the biggest impact on me were educational uses. When I was in fifth grade my sisters and I got to have a computer just for us girls. By this time we had computer games on CD-ROMs. The first game I remember is my Sesame Street game, because it allowed me to play with whatever Muppet character I wanted. I always pick Zoe the Spanish-speaking Muppet. I learned a lot of Spanish that has stuck with me all my life. I even use some of these words in Spanish class now days.  Another cd ROM game I remember is where in the world is Carmen Sandiego. This game was educational, because it taught me historical and geographical facts but in a fun way. I also remember going on the Internet for games. I would go to Barbie.com or nickelodeon.com because they had all sorts of games for children.

     However I would have to say the biggest and most positive impact that I have of the computer was in the fifth grade. At this time I lived in Germany and I attended a DoD school (school for military memeber’s children). There they taught us children how to use PowerPoint and Excel. We didn’t have a choice in the matter but I’m happy they made us learn it, because these programs are still in important part of today’s society.

     The theory of the relative constancy principal tells us that people only have a finite amount of leisure time. Time spent on new communication technologies will come at the expense of old communication technologies. With my experiences this has proved to be true. I stopped playing computer games once I got my CD ROMs, and I stopped playing cd ROM games once I had Internet games. Even though we have newer technologies we still have a resemblance of the old technologies from which the new one started. For example, CD-ROM games are computer games, and so our Internet games. The difference being you don’t have to use a disk to play the Internet games, but the gist is still the same. I have attached an article that talks about Old-Fashioned Tech Terms You Still Use Today. This article points out the difference, but similarities we use with old & new technologies.

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Technology, For the Youth?

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In the article “The Terrifying Truth About New Technology” didn’t sit well with me. A statement that really stood out to me was “We think we’re afraid of the technology. But we’re really afraid of getting old.” I disagree, I think we are not afraid of technology,but the trust so many of us put in technology with no questions asked. To me, the reason older people tend to shy away from technology is because they have learned to live this far with out it so they don’t feel the need to go out and upgrade. I will say however when they need to upgrade they usually do. For instance, my grndmother knows how to use every aspect of her IPhone. She doesn’t use a “roladex”  she stores her contacts in her phone just like a teenager would.

I read an article –which I have inserted a link (http://www.oprah.com/health/Aging-Brain-Facts-Do-You-Get-Smarter-as-You-Age)- that proclaims we get the smarter with age. I look at people throughout history who have made landmark discoveries like Einstein or Darwin, and they were very smart and older. The article by Daniel Wilson says the opposite. According to the article, the older you get “the process of adaptation slows down.”  In my own family , my elders appear as if their minds are still  intact and some of them have learned new words relating to the higher education levels they have achieved. Yes, I think the problem solving skill improves but I think that’s more with experience then age. I have relatives that haven’t experienced hardly anything outside of their small community whose vocabulary is very basic, and those who have traveled the world gain knowledge and have a better understanding

I think if a person chooses, for whatever reason, not to adapt to their surroundings or to new situations than they choose live in a fish bowl. I think a person can live off the grid and still maintain an adequate amount of modern technology. Times change quickly I can remember my mother buying me a Logitech computer that seemed so advanced at the time and now when I look at my younger relatives learning on IPads, I feel out of date and old. I remember in school the big computers in only a few rooms now children have laptops or flat screen desktops to work on in almost every room. The blackboards are not the same no longer do you need chalk now you have to calibrate it and it’s like using a computer. My mom talked about using a typewriter and having to learn what she called 10 key, I’m still not sure I understand what made that such a valuable commodity but she was really proud of it.

To Blog or Not to Blog?



         I Believe that blogging is a way to outlet your thoughts and get them heard by others. I like to think of blogs as diaries on steroids. I definitely think that blogging has an impact on our society. According to statistics, ” 6.7 MM people publish blogs on blogging websites, and other 12MM write blogs using their social networks. I probably read at least five blog today, through links friends have posted on or shared on Facebook, whether it be about food clothes new movies or celebrity gossip. I do expect The practice of blogging to increase, mainly because of how much Time people are on the Internet. According to statistics, 81% of the U.S. online consumers trust information and advice from blogs. – I have inserted a link (https://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/advisor/top-blogging-statistics-45-reasons-blog-180101993.html) that gives 45 reasons/statistics on why you should blog. –

          This leads me to my next point, the “Power to publish.” I think it is a good thing to let people polish any thoughts or ideas to everyone for two reasons. Reason One, the first amendment.it is our rights as Americans to practice freedom of speech. Reason to, peoples view on certain matters not only give us different perspectives on a subject, but it also helps eliminate ethnocentrism. 

           Unfortunately, with all the good that comes from the “Power to publish” there is also a downside. For example, in an article by Kathleen Parker, – of the Washington Post – she talks a bout the negative effects of blogging.she uses an example about Gov. Nikki Haley, Who falsely accused of tax fraud. This rumor “begin with the blog item, then was tweeted by The Hill, it Washington political news paper, and reported in short article by The Daily Beast,”!according to Ms. Parker. However, there are a few things wrong with Miss Parker’s finger-pointing at blogging. It is not solely the fault in idiot bloggers who started the rumor, it is also the fall of the credible new sources who ran with the story. I blame the journalist for the escalation of the rumor. Unfortunately, because of laws such as the fair report privilege and shield laws, reporters can basically report whatever they want with little to no repercussion. Newspapers and reporters are supposed to be reliable sources, not some random person but the keyboard.

             In conclusion, blogs can be great sources of informational pools of knowledge and great sources of communication. But there is a saying “don’t believe everything you hear”. I think the same should be updated to “don’t believe everything you hear or read.”

Television 



         My “favorite” theory is the displacement theory. The displacement theory consist of limited resource perspective. That means the amount of time we have constrains communication activities. According to Nielsen data, 98% of households have at least one TV, and the average American watches 35.6 hours a week of television. This data  it proves that’s we have at least 35.6 hours of constraints from other communication activities. 

        Another concept of the displacement theory is the participation in new communication domain takes away from the old. For example, 48% of households have DVRs. This has caused nearly 1/4 of viewing to timeshift. Where is you used to have to watch commercials in now a days you can skip right through them.  Furthermore, in agreement with the idea that new communication domain takes away from old is The early stages of TV development. The electronic television to get away from the mechanical or television and eventually made it obsolete. 

      As for the future of TV, I think it is safe to say TV is not going anywhere anytime soon. According to statistics TV ad spending is up. More money is spent on TV ads then all others combined (I.e. Streaming, etc.).  However, I do think the number of people who “cut the cord” Will increase. I think this will happen because the benefits outweigh the cost. It saves you more money to just stream in Lou of buying cable or satellite. Also if you stream you pick what you want to watch and you don’t really have to worry about commercials, unlike cable or satellite.

E-Books and MOOCs

Communication technology has become a big part of the education world. Nowadays you have to be somewhat tech savvy in order to excel in school. In every single class I’ve taken, I’ve had to use communication technology at some point in time. When writing a paper for college teachers require you to use MLA format, which requires a computer. I also have to use a computer to turn in assignments. Like now for example, I have to keep a blog for this class which also requires a computer. I personally believe that technology distracts from what is most important in education. Back when I was in grade school I didn’t have access to google. I had to look things up the old-fashioned, which was by searching through the library’s Book catalogs. When looking up information manually you are more likely to retain the information. When it came to writing papers I literally had to write the paper, using a good old pencil and paper. Having to actually hand write a paper helps with spelling and grammar, because you actually had to know how to spell and how to use a word properly. Now with the ease of autocorrect when texting or spellcheck on word documents, you don’t have to pay attention to grammar and such. I can honestly say I have forgotten how to spell a lot of words that I have previously knew how to spell because of these technologies. Not all things about technology bad. There are good aspects like e-books are useful, because you can access them from any Comm Tech device. If you have a hard copy book and you forget it at home then you have no way to access it. MOOCs are another great benefit of communication technology. I have found MCOOs most useful when I study abroad. I was able to do my homework assignments and take exams on my own time. These MOOCs are also really  useful for people who work a lot of hours and can’t afford to is work. 

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.

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.