A Perfect World
In 2035, life just does not get any better. In this world, technology flourishes and dominates even more than it does now. No need for anyone to drive anymore for all destinations will be preprogrammed into all flying cars. This nearly eliminates accidents and drunk drivers, but beware all destinations are stored into the central computer, so you better not visit any place you will regret. Computer screens will no longer exist, but all images will be projected into the air. The controller to your television is projected right onto your skin even. This keyboard or controller on your skin is called Skinput, which contains 95.5% accuracy.
Robots are in all households who can afford them. They do all the work you hated to do. At this point in life, you do not really have to do anything. Your very own robot does anything from making coffee, preparing food, loading dishes, and even your laundry. Heck, you don’t even need to think anymore. These Robots are your very own indentured servants. Think about it, it’s late and the dog needs to go out, here comes your robot to the rescue. Americans have finally reached their ultimate form of laziness. But what would this do to a people who no longer had these responsibilities? All these advanced technologies will greatly increase our power in this world. Thomas Edison said “There is no substitute for hard work”. This might need to be something to hold onto as the world advances and things continue to get easier and we continue to get lazier.
These very technologies we created have caused our utter demise. For thousands of years mankind has worked hard on advancing themselves to help create an easier lifestyle. They should have been listening to spider man when he said, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Technology advanced enough to develop a mind of its own and created a whole new race which has created a war between mankind and technology. Maybe we should have paid attention to all those terrible 80’s Sci-Fi movies.
Technology was mankind’s greatest accomplishment and mankind’s greatest disaster. These nice little friendly programmed robots and machines overthrew its own creators. This has left cities in complete ruins, and left people wishing they were back in the stone ages drawing on rocks. Technology has its incredible advantages but this scenario is more metaphorical to what it could really be doing to our minds. We must never get to the point where we no longer use our minds in which they were intended. Everything was never meant to be so easy and done for us. We as people must always remember and value hard work. Mankind must never let the easy way always have be the right way.
Two days without media? Can I plead insanity now? What I encountered was terrible, horrific, painful, and worst of all it was complete torture. Yes I Micah Mohlmann experienced a gruesome two days of no phone, no internet, no music, no television, No Media! This is one assignment I would never voluntarily submit myself to do on my own.
Is it even possible to fully avoid media all together? I will tell you this you can certainly try but unless you keep yourself locked up in a box for two days it is impossible. I would be lying to you if I were to tell you that I did not intentionally avoid doing this experiment on a Sunday so I would not have to miss out on all the football frenzy going on. Going two days without media is one thing but, but having to miss football Sunday? Now that is a little ridiculous, well at least for an addict like me it is. My intentions were slightly skewed by manipulating the task by not doing this on a weekend. Come on now I needed to be able to go out in federal hill Friday night and the Hfstival all day Saturday right?
I decided to strap on my big boy shoes and do the unthinkable. I unplugged my TV, shut down my laptop, un-plugged my IPod from my awkwardly small little ears and went lights out for two days with no media. The sound of waking up to music in the morning had obnoxiously transformed into a terrible buzzing noise that reminded me of high school. Next my normal bowl of cereal in the morning was far too quiet without the TV highlights of lasts night’s game on the screen, instead I stared at a dark black object that looks foreign when not turned on. The thirty minutes of exhaustingly slow traffic in dead silence left me alone with nothing but my thoughts. In my head I was getting ready to do the famous Happy Gilmore putter swing where he launches his putter fifty feet in the air out of complete utter frustration.
Strolling through campus from class to class it was all too quiet then what I am normally familiar with. I suddenly began to think the unthinkable, “this really isn’t that bad.” There was a kind of liberation feeling that I experienced without always drowning out my thoughts and everything else around me. It was not always easy to avoid media and at times I did answer my phone when I knew it was probably relatively important, but for the most part I experienced little or no media. I was able to accomplish more than I normally do, and I was also able to spend more time studying then I normally devote myself to. This media avoidance experiment gave me a sense of broken shackles and I realized it did not have to have the powerful grip that I had allowed it to have over me.
Music is something I love and it is one of my number one passions. But with everything in life a healthy balance is always necessary. This comes with self discipline, which is one of the hardest things to have. Media has become more than a fad but a genetic makeup of our culture and society. It is important to be engaged in, but the massive amounts we consume each day is something that we should monitor. While in the beginning I hated going two days without media, I also realized the importance of silence and being able to give yourself time to step back from the constant bombardment our media culture has forced all around us.
Music and Media consumption, it is what I have to come realize is what I live and breath. From morning to evening I hardly spend a living moment without it. From the very sound of my alarm in the morning, to what is plugged into my ears at night, constantly I am filling my mind with music and media. Sometimes it is an inadvertent consumption taking place but the majority of the time it is completely intentional. From too much time invested in my fantasy football team, to watching every HBO television series that is broadcasted. One thing is for certain I may have a minor addiction to mass media. Ok I lied I have a huge addiction to mass media and I do not see it changing anytime soon.
On the first day of this assignment it fascinated me on many accounts how much media I actually was consuming. I arrived to my boss’s house and we watched Espn for thirty minutes before we went to work. All day at work my ears were plugged in with my IPod. From car rides to and from work with the radio on to spending all day at work with my IPod plugged in, I am constantly infiltrating myself with mass media. All day long I constantly check Espn updates on my phone. Even as I am writing this article I guiltily admit I am watching football on my TV. This media consumption problem of mine is borderline pathetic and now I am broadcasting my problem. Before you know it I will be in a mass media consumption anonymous meeting with all my other fellow addicts. I mean its normal for people to fall asleep with there IPod in their ears and TV sets on right? Well maybe for me it is. Day one of my media consumption journal definitely turned into something I would have rather left unchartered and undiscovered territory.
The second day of this task I was on campus all day and a lot like the first day it was filled with lots more music and lots more media. I would walk from class to class jamming out on my IPod and stayed plugged in as I would write a paper in the computer lab. Not to mention the massive ammount of time I spend on facebook while writing papers. Facebook and other social networking sites are something I just can not seem to pry myself away from. Like a broken record of the first day the second day was similar just different environments. Except this time I paid closer attention to the inadvertent consumptions. From pumping gas to going to the mall to buy a new sweatshirt, advertisements filled my head. I could not even go to the grocery store without having advertisement after advertisement penetrating my mind and infiltrating my head telling me what I should buy.
One thing is for certain Mass Media has too much power. Not only on my intentional decisions to consume it, but also the unintentional consumptions. Mass media surrounds us everywhere, we can not go anywhere without this constant bombardment into our lives. It is relentless and all around us and has become such a fundamental infrastructure to our culture and society. What would a day look like without mass media? It sounds like a day I would never want to experience.
The history of how mass communication has evolved over the years is astounding. This video on the history of mass communication helps to illustrate how far the human race has come. It makes one wonder how much easier Paul Revere’s job could have been, when notifying the countryside that “the British are coming” on his horse. In modern times, within minutes information and news is posted online or via television. Fifty years ago mankind would be amazed on how far the mass communication has evolved so quickly. It makes one wonder where there is even room for advancements beyond where we are today. Human kind is constantly evolving and looking back at the history of mass communication it shows how rapid this evolution has begun to take place.
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