Time

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When I started reading the first article I was lost. It seemed to focus on philosophy and I couldn’t find the relation to media and time. Once I started reading more I was able to understand a bit more of what the author was suggesting. How media and time have integrated and we as people have begun to form out daily lives around it. In the morning when a person wakes up they either turn on the morning news, or grab the daily press. People can be seen on the bus using cell phones to check their emails, favorite Internet sites, and news that is being updated every second of every day. The author asks if time would feel different to us without media? Absolutely, I rely on my computer, email, school website, cellular phone for everything. I use the calendar on my phone to remind me of dates. I use the school website to download books instead of checking them out of the library. I use the Internet to stay connected with my family and friends. I, just like many other people, would be lost without the media. I love that the author talks about soap operas. It is a weird this to wrap your head around, how people become obsessed with the fictional lives or a group of people. How they will tune in one day a week or so to follow someone else’s fake life, I mean I am a culprit of following television shows. I have watched them online, which I find dangerous, because instead to watching for one hour a week, I find myself watching three shows in a row. Television shows can be compared to fiction books, where each episode is a chapter. The author also talks about the public ness of the media. The consistency and availability of the media decrease the distance. The author uses the word “De-severance” and explains it as to bring close, or to bring within range. The media takes everyday happenings across the world and brings them into your living room. The author also compares the public ness of the media to the word open and then to the word truth. I don’t think truth is necessarily a good word to use to describe the media, sure most of the news reported is accurate, but a lot of the media is fabricated. My mother always told me not to believe everything I heard on TV, and John Hartley wonderfully discussed my skepticism in the next article.
I loved how Hartley compared the frequency and the wavelengths of the media. His article was much easier to follow than the first one, and hit on a lot of the same points. It talks about how time and news are one. How the Internet is increasing the frequency of the news, however it isn’t always as accurate. The competition between journalists and types of news can lead to the print of false information. I also found it interesting that the low frequencies of the ancient times, where things were written in stone are now, through the media, becoming high frequency. I don’t have to travel to Rome to see pictures of the Parthenon or read the hieroglyphics of the pyramids, I can just google it.

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