Upon gathering data on my digital media usage, I predicted that I would use digital media for every moment I’m awake. Just as I’m typing this post, I’m using the computer and the internet. It’s a crazy parallel reality our society lives are in. As mentioned in the media production lecture at school, we are people who want to constantly be in the loop of what others are blogging about. In a sense, (with slight paraphrasing) we are all narcissistic. This is fine and apparently a natural process as we grow (bear with my pseudo-philosophical generalizations here). In a way, our love of sharing has brought our society closer together (you may even say it’s a sort of village!). Whatever we choose to call “the global village”, the public “us” shows friends, and strangers how much we like Radiohead, or how cute we think a cat video is.
As a paradox, our networking has made us into aliens of our own homes. Besides sleeping and eating, I spend my time going online, texting, listening to music on iTunes, or watching stuff on Netflix. It’s cool and all to see how much media I interactive with in a day. Sure, I go to school and physically interact with people, but RTA works very closely with networking. We meet new people in person and on Twitter as well. Most people have Facebook as a networking mothership to browse through hundreds and thousands of profiles of mutual peers. It does feel strange most of the time, to talk with others in person. I was never the guy with terrific social abilities. Facebook, and email have helped me learn about people I’ve met, but not actually know them. I think it’s saddening that I really have about 3 to 6 friends in the “RL” but nearly 200 contacts (who I technically don’t know) on Facebook. The prior is meaningful and the latter is hollow so I decided to disable my account a few years ago.