1. What forms of new media do you use daily?

I am constantly on my IPhone, and when I am home I am on my Xbox One watching Hulu Plus, and Netflix in addition to using it to play video games.

2. In what ways does media reach you indirectly (through friends, co-workers, etc.)?

When driving to work listening to the radio, there are a lot of news articles that are reported via different websites. I also hear about various news stories from coworkers and customers that come into GameStop that find out about the newest additions to video games via the internet.

3. Do you think that media influences your perspective of world events?

Yes and No. In hearing about the events, I feel the same aggravation and frustration toward the world and its leaders and how things are done. When I hear new information, I tend to focus my frustration or support in other areas depending on what is reported.

4. Do you believe that the media has the power to tell you what to think about, but not what to think?

Yes I do. I spend a lot of time during my commute pondering what is going on in the world, but the media doesn’t tell me exactly what to think or how to think it.

5. Can media shape your beliefs? If not, explain. If yes, to what degree? Is the influence strong and direct—for example, if a newscaster told you to go jump off a bridge, would you do it? Or are your beliefs cultivated over time through continued exposure, resulting in small but measureable effects?

In my own feelings, I do not have beliefs I have ideas. Ideas are easy to change in the event that you get more information and can adjust your ideas accordingly. But with beliefs, people are willing to die for them or even kill for them. People are not willing to allow those beliefs to be changed no matter what, usually. However, I would never jump off a bridge if the media told me to. I would, however, adjust my ideas depending on what sort of new information was made available.

6. Are these positive or negative influences?

Whether or not something is positive or negative varies from person to person. I am happy that I am confident enough in myself and my ideas that I cannot be influenced unless the proper information is provided, or that I truly want to be influenced. So, I think that is a positive because it gives me the option of choice, which is all that I really want. I want the choice to think what I think, and feel what I feel and not have it influenced unless I want to be.

7. How have information revolutions resulted in ways of knowledge changing or remaining the same? How has the power of media changed throughout history? What are some differences and similarities of our current time and place to the past? (Hint: See Blur Chapter 2.)

When it comes to social media, such as Facebook or MSN, the printed word has become a thing of the past. We can get our information via our cellular phones without having to spend money on newspapers. While we may not have the view of Dad reading his newspaper in his underwear, we can see dad reading the newsfeed in his underwear.

As media’s reach has stretched with the internet, it has strengthened, as it can now reach us after the television or radio has been turned off, again thanks to our computers and our smartphones. Plus, in the digital age, everyone has a camera phone and the internet makes leaking stories to media outlets with anonymity a lot easier.

The change in the past to today is truly staggering. The Blur’s numbers on this topic are from 2008 so one can only imagine just how different the statistics are;

In 2000 no one was connected to the internet. By 2008, 62% of American were connected. In 2000 only 50% of Americans had cellphones, by 2008 82% of Americans had cell phones. By now, I am sure that number is especially closer to 95%. In 2008 58% of Americans had high speed internet, in 2000 only 5% of the population had DSL.