efischermann (efischermann) wrote in online_journ,

We The Media reading

The main thing I got from the reading is how much technology has changed and grown. It has gotten to the point where if you are not up t date on the latest news, not only do you feel out of touch, but you may also get riduculed by your peers. Before computers and internet, and even before the telephone, when the newspaper was the only form of getting the news, it would be days or weeks before people knew what was really going on. Now with the invention of all this new technology, it is invading our lives on an hourly basis.

In some sense this is a great breakthrough. Having up to the minute reporting and knowing the breaking news the second it happens, however, it can also be a negative. There are some moments when I just want to sit back and relax and not know about all the problems that are going on in the world. It is insane how quickly people find out about these things. Even if you try and relax and not watch the news, it takes about an hour or less to find out what is going on just because of word of mouth.

The fasinating part of this reading however was about all the new technology and how much it has changed. The personal news, like blogging, that has advanced so much just in the past 7 years. It is absolutly amazing what people are able to do now a days. 10 years ago, it was just reporters that could get their voice out and be heard. Now, any normal guy or girl with internet access can go on a blog site and post their thoughts about a certain issue. This advaance has made the news relay ovvur so much faster and it is just fascinationg to see the progress.

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