Time

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Hi all,

With regard to this week’s reading it becomes particularly evident that Scannell’s core argument is that the broadcasting world created this sense of involvement and that the media has the ability to shape our experience of time. Scannell refers to dailiness as this “never-ending flow” of events and poses the question: “Would time be different for us without radio, TV, and newspapers?” It would be hard to argue that our sense of time would not change.  Undoubtedly, time would be vastly different for us without these channels of media. What is interesting to note, is that as little back as five years ago this notion that the media shapes our sense of time was far more prominent than it is today. Today we are far less reliant upon media organizations controlling our sense of time. With the development of the digital age we have been able to walk away from the prescribed news cycle. Through advancements in technology and the birth of podcasts, webcasts, live streaming and downloads the user is now able to watch, read or listen to news and events when and where it suits them. Today more than ever we are masters of our own tailor-made digital domain. Gone are the days where the morning newspaper or the 6pm news was the staple of our media rituals, today it is the individual who creates their own.

For me these two readings intersect when Scannell touches on “care structures” and how they shape our connection to the broader public, this sense that we all share the same values. Hartley, although primarily concerned with the frequency of publication he talks about how this frequency changes our sense of citizenship. I tend to agree with Hartley and the idea that with the access to news in more than one space this sense of unity and identity dwindles and the focus becomes more on the individual and the values the individual holds. Hartley argues that the connection between time and space leads to “identity politics”. With this in mind it would be difficult to argue that the notion of time and space is organizing a collected sense of identity.

Hartley raises some key issues in relation to the importance time plays on publication. I agree with the focus so heavily weighted on time quality is compromised and there is this shift toward sensationalism.

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