Imagine a world in which one day everyone was cut off from every piece of media out there. Absolutely no radio, no film, no newspapers, no television and worst of all, NO INTERNET!!!! Everyone run for your lives it’s the end of the world!!! Just kidding. For some people it might be, but for the majority of us I think we would survive. But, could you imagine not having any kind of media for an entire day? Think about all the important events and news that you would be missing out on.
Now, some of you might laugh, thinking that one day is a piece of cake. Well then I challenge you to a day without it. Hopefully you’ll see that media is a lot harder to avoid than you originally thought and I’ll be the one laughing at you. No worries though, that is exactly what I thought before I did my media-less day. I was so confident that I could avoid it with no problems, no sweat. Unfortunately I was completely and utterly wrong. Let’s just say by the end of the day, Media: 1 Sarah: 0.
The day started off well. I went to the gym without my phone so I could not listen to Pandora. I ran into an involuntary media exposure when the gym had it’s own radio on and the TVs were on as well. But I concentrated on my workout, not giving into the temptation of watching The Maury Show that was currently on the television. After the gym it was smooth sailing, so far so good. I consulted my friends, via face to face communication, to invite to have lunch with me. I left my phone in my room and headed off to lunch. I noticed something interesting while my friends and I were eating. The conversation was consistent and flowing until when one person’s phone went off everyone else at the table decided to check their phones too.
This was really awkward for me. Especially considering I was the only one without a phone. It was difficult to get their attention and I was getting frustrated when I had to keep repeating myself while they were busy looking at the Twitter feed. I thought to myself these girls need to review their smartphone rules. Once everyone came back to reality the conversation picked right back up. I found this little incident fascinating. It proved to me that people are so dependable on their phone, and it’s an easy escape from an awkward silence in a conversation.
Throughout the day I constantly felt this nagging urge to check my phone. I kept staring at the blank screen contemplating whether or not to give up and turn the device on. But I told myself no, you can do this. Each urge kept getting harder to resist. I wanted to know what was happening on Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr, and check my email, or watch Netflix. Of course when I couldn’t use my phone is when I remembered things that I’ve been meaning to do. Isn’t funny how that happens?
Continuing in the day I was weakening but still trucking. The temptations grew and grew. It was becoming inconvenient not having the sources of media, particularly the Internet. I resorted to doing homework, but I realized I need to access Towson’s website to look up assignments or post discussions. Then I realized there wasn’t much I could do at that point. All I could do was wait around for a next class, which seemed like an eternity.
Eventually after all my classes for the day, around dinner time, I gave up the fight. I grabbed my phone, turned it on and was instantly reconnected with the online world that I love. Personally, I gained a huge amount of realization and respect for media.
I came to the conclusion that my day moved by very slowly without media. I think media keeps us entertained and allows us to have something to do in our free time. That’s how I spend my down time. I watch movies, play games, or get on the social networks. Media has a enormous presence in our lives which most of us take for granted.
Most of our lives circulate around media. Media runs our world. People use it for business and pleasure, there’s no escaping it. The biggest problem I had throughout the day without media was that I felt disconnected, so out-of-the-loop from everyone else. It felt like I was missing out on something important, that I didn’t know what everyone else knew.
All the different types of media have their own specific role in the world. Media makes life easier and faster. Communication is more convenient and time saving. I love having the ability to look something up on the Internet at the snap of my fingers. Without the Internet I would not be able to do my schoolwork or stay connected with my friends back home. Without a media world, our lives would be like a blank screen. Nothing going on, without vital news or information about what is happening in the world. The current news would not be current, it would take longer to get to use so it would be more like yesterday’s news.
Our society is so set on the “fast-track” lifestyle that everything needs to be fast and instant, because without it I feel like people wouldn’t know how to handle themselves. It’s almost impossible to avoid media. It plays such an important role in society that we can’t live without it. I don’t know anyone who would want to give up media nor should we ever get rid of it. If that were to ever happen we might actually have a real Apocalypse on our hands.