Week 4 – YMAK -You May Already Know

Howdy,

This week one of the topics of discussion in our Digital Communication course was about Internet acronyms. Now “DQMOT” but I heard that “LOL” is no longer the cool thing to say in the Internet world. According to an article posted on Twitter by my classmate, Bill, one of our beloved acronyms, LOL, is nearing retirement. It seems the more fetch (Mean Girls reference) thing to say is “haha”. *blank stare*

We also discussed our Digital Consumption diaries. Our assignment was to log every time we used a digital device during a 24 hour period. I choose to log my time on a day that I would be out and about working on a project for my other class. Essentially I thought the amount of time I spent using digital devices during that time would be less than normal. I was completely shocked how often I picked up my iPhone to use Google Maps, check Facebook/Twitter/email, used it to take pictures. In total I was on a digital device for 5 hours and 54 minutes. This was an atypical day for me, so on a normal day I think I can easily add 3-4 more hours to that time.

Professor Strahler asked “What could you live without?” and almost unanimously we agreed that we could give up television. For me, I enjoy watching television but not necessarily “live” television. The DVR is one of the best inventions EVER! One the contrary the least utilized digital device used was “actual radio” as my classmate Traci stated. Most of my classmates stated that they listen to streaming radio to enjoy music. So some of the once popular media forms, radio, is becoming antiquated due to digital convergence.

Our classroom time also included discussion about Digital Divide which is essentially the split between those that have access to modern information and communications technology and those that do not. The global divide may be based on e.g. wealth, language and inadequate literacy and education. The social divide may be based on e.g. economic resources and demographics. It was very interesting to read the statistics completed by Pew Research Center documenting “Who’s Not Online” (2013). One of the more overwhelming revelations was that 46% of people with disabilities are not online. This made me realize more advancements need to be made with digital devices to accommodate those with disabilities.

Our digital divide discussion lead us into our breakout groups for this week. We were asked to plan a conference for communication professionals to discuss “Closing the Digital Divide”. Two out of four groups allotted time to specifically targeted accessibility for those with disabilities. Group 2 stated it is important to make “technology simpler to use and accessible”. They also stated “education and training for those with disabilities for digital access”. Group 4 chose to have representatives from various companies discuss how they are making the internet accessible to those with disabilities.

I really enjoyed our class discussion this week. We covered a lot of information. I look forward to seeing what Week 5 will bring with the discussion of Internet Goverance & Ethical Issues.  Have a great weekend and….

Until next time,

Tanika

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