I often think about what the future holds for our consumption of media. I also ponder whether or not it will be a bright one. I have viewed many of the posts for this blog prompt, and I have seen a common theme of fear for the impending advancements that society will see in technology and its relation to media.
It seems to me that with all of the freedom that we have as producers and consumers of media through the Internet and other technologies, there will be a following of stricter control over how we interact with these freedoms. I’m not too sure if this is a good thing. The thing is, all throughout this class we have really only been able to study the past of media, and how it has developed to what it is today. This is because what the future holds is very unclear. Thus, with this uncertainty of what and how media becomes in the future, it seems that all of us will be unsure how to handle it. Take for instance the whole buzz over the NRA over the last year. A lot of people were very upset when it was found out the lengths in which the government can take through monitoring our activity as members of the internet. On one hand I am upset as well, but on the other I realize that it was the only measures plausible to ensure that there was some length of legal control over our freedoms.
One phenomenon that I find interesting is the new fad that we see on facebook where members of universities create confessions pages. There is clearly someone who manages these facebook pages, yet at the same time people feel anonymous enough to post some pretty embarrassing stuff, and they seem to not realize that there is someone reading it. Thus, I think there needs to be a balance and realization that people need to embrace when it comes to anonymity through text. You can see the DU confessions page here.
Another perplexing concept when it comes to the idea of instant information within society is that I believe we think we are more connected than we actually are. Take for instance the mystery behind the missing Malaysian Airlines Jet. It seems that in today’s time we are always a click away from knowing exactly what happens all over the world. Yet somehow, despite the abundance GPS utilities that comes along with it, has been missing for many days now. I feel that we perhaps can over estimate exactly how accurate the information we receive actually is. If a massive airline jet can go missing so easily, then how can we be sure that information that is quickly updated on the web about events all over the world is accurate? Perhaps we have a far too reliant attitude towards the media and its connection to us.
In the end, I feel that we are taking the initial steps needed to understand our relationship to how media is changing. However, I believe we need to further it by taking more in depth views at how we are going to be agents of how it changes in the future.