Media Journal Three

In our mass communications class, we had to go without any kind of media for 24 hours.  This media journal was difficult but not impossible, even though it seemed that way at times. Instead of consuming media I played my piano, cleaned out my closet and went outside and played with my dog. The day seemed much longer since I didn’t have so many distractions to keep me preoccupied.  To say this media journal was easy would be a lie, but it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be.  I did miss watching YouTube videos and scrolling through various social medias. The worst part was not being able to talk to my fiancé. I told him ahead of time that I was not going to be able to use my phone or any kind of media that day. He wasn’t happy about the situation, but he is very supportive of school so he was understanding. I still live with my parents so not using media had no effect on our communication. Some of the things I didn’t miss about media was all the political propaganda that is still floating around on Facebook and the redundancy of the news.

Over all, I think this media journal was a learning experience but I don’t know if I would ever do it again.  I do think it is something people should do at least once. It is an eye-opening experience because you don’t realize how much of your life is surrounded by media until you go without it for 24 hours. Through the semester we have had to do three media journals. I feel like they have helped me learn more about my media consumption and how it affects my life. On a scale of one to ten, I’m a six when it comes to me controlling the media or the media controlling me. The reason I say a six is because I do enjoy using the media and I use it a lot. However, I don’t think I am controlled by the media because I can go without it for some time. I plan to approach media in the future the same way I do now. After doing the 24 hours without, I do think I will cut back some because I get more done in a day without the distractions. I would recommend doing these media journals because they help give a new perspective on one’s media use.

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Media Journal 2

For our Mass Com class, we had to track our media use for 21 days. Yes, it is as bad as it sounds.  Although the work was tedious it helped open my eyes to how much media I am exposed to in just one day. After starting the tracking, I would find myself not wanting to get on any kind of social media because I had to track it. By the next day I was back to using my media like normal because I was used to my daily routine; wake up to my phone alarm get on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and then while getting ready, watch YouTube videos.  In just a couple of hours, I have already been exposed to a day’s worth of media.

Some of the patterns I saw when I looked back through my media tracking were, every morning when I wake up I get on Facebook or some form of social media. I also noticed that most of my media consumption was at night and that I would actually fall asleep to YouTube videos still playing. The days I feel like I used the most media were Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays. I can understand Fridays and Saturdays when the media use goes up because it’s the weekend and most of the things I do involve media. I was surprised that Monday was one of the days I used more media because Mondays are usually the busiest; so I didn’t think I had a lot of time for social media and other media outlets.

My family was not majorly affected by me tracking media. Media does bring us together in some sense, such as every Tuesday my mom and I will watch Dancing with the Stars together. My brother and I will usually send funny YouTube videos back and forth to one another. I send memes to my fiancé on a regular basis as jokes and we text each other the majority of the day. When my fiancé and I go out to eat, in most restaurants, music would be playing so I would have to track that on my phone before we had our meal. One of the things I did experience was putting my phone down when I was with others. It made me realize that a real conversation with my family or fiancé is better than anything on Facebook.

The main source of media in my town is the newspaper and the gossipers. I live in a small town where the most exciting thing to happen would be if we had a stop light installed.  Not much goes on here in Lake City, but when something happens everyone knows about it. If you want to be in the know about the town gossip go to the library and the librarian will fill you in on everything.  Even though we don’t have a lot going on here in our small town the news from Jonesboro does sometimes affected us since Jonesboro is only 20 minutes away.

I like to take pictures, watch and create YouTube videos and on occasion play the piano.  Media tracking didn’t have much effect on my hobbies, but I now realize that most of my hobbies include something to do with media. If I lost electricity for a day I wouldn’t be able to do any of my hobbies other than playing the piano.

It was honestly surprising to see how much my life is revolved around media. Media can bring us together or tear us apart; it all depends on how you use it. I thought I had a pretty good grip on how I use my media and how often I use it. But without media, I would be lost because nowadays we rely on it for everything. If we need to know how to get to one place from another, to find out information about a certain subject, for entertainment, everything involves media. I am grateful that we have media, but now after tracking it for 21 days. I am going to start using it to my advantage rather than letting it use me.