“How We Consume Media”

Going through my long overlooked drafts folder and saw this. Still relevant so I will share.

Bored to Death? (Part 2).

How We Consume Media

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Topics: Arts & Media

Do we shape our media, or do our media shape us?

Eric Metaxas

By most estimates, South Korea is the most-wired society in the world. South Koreans “enjoy” virtually universal internet access at speeds and prices that Americans can only dream about.

But that access comes at a high price: By official government estimates, nearly two million South Koreans can be described as “internet addicts.”

Now, the words “addict” and “addiction” get thrown around a lot in contemporary culture, but what would you call the following: a Korean couple repeatedly leaves their apartment and goes to an internet café where they spend all night playing an internet game. One night they return to find their three-month-old daughter dead from malnutrition and dehydration.

This actually happened in Seoul. While it’s the most extreme case, the difference is one of degree, not kind. An episode of PBS’ “Frontline” showed South Korean kids at government-sponsored rehab centers trying, mostly in vain, to wean themselves from their dependence on the internet. More

Have you checked for DNS changer?

30 minutes left EST. Here is a site where you can easily check to see if you are infected: http://www.dns-ok.ca/. It’s a Canadian site, but it still works because it’s in English (the American site is not working).

DO IT NOW!

Google: “We are the Borg. You will be assimilated.”

Once upon a time there was a bright young search engine – minimalist and quick compared to the bloated home pages up until that time. People loved the speedy loading and breadth of search results and people flocked to use it. Of course, having a catchy name helped.

Then, just like other search engines had done, it decided to offer more services like email, then they made it possible to put pictures on the home page, then other features were added, and it all snowballed! Online word processing and spreadsheets (and more) were developed, and since Microsoft had assumed the “too big to fail” mantle and had become impersonal, unresponsive and expensive, many were willing to live with fewer software features and flexibility than the Office Suite offered because it was a sight better than M’s unchanging dinosaurs, Wordpad or Notepad.

But wait, there’s more! They got YouTube, too, then started a really easy to use free blogging platform, and, and, and…but now they had to figure out how to juggle all of that. So, without asking their users whether they wanted such a thing, they came up with this really “cool” idea (they thought), which was to tie everything together and change the way things looked and were managed.

Now, if you happen to already have Gmail and YouTube and Blogger, it might seem OK, but More

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