Archive | September, 2012

The Media I Consume

13 Sep

If I stop and actually think about it, take the time and analyze what activities actually make up my day, it really is mostly just a wide abundance of media consumption. Whether is browsing my Twitter feed, scrolling through Facebook, or staring at the television, I am consuming media. The services I use include:

Television

Movies

Twitter/Facebook/Instagram

General Internet (Google/AOL)

Magazines

Still living in my mother’s house grants me general internet access and television for free, but just because I am not paying for it does not mean it is free. Television is really just seen as an everyday necessity in my house, it would be unnatural to not have it available. That goes for the internet as well. These two are paid for because having both of them has been become the norm. Going to the movies isn’t an everyday or even every week thing, but once a month or so going out and spending $12 on two hours of entertainment is worth it. I know as the price has gone up more and more people say that it is a rip off and the movie industry is making a killing, but if it really was too much money then no one would go. I am down to one magazine subscription and when it expires I don’t think I am going to renew it. Magazines are no longer a necessity because all of the articles within them are available online or even tweeted about before hand so you get the general idea. Spending $6 on a magazine that is only half as entertaining as it used to be is a rip off. Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are all free, but I access them through my iPhone which unfortunately is a $30/month internet charge. When I first started this payment it really was too much, but now as I have been using that internet almost all day, everyday, it is a deal that it is only about a $1 a day.

I think that whether or not the media is a rip off or not depends on how often it is used and how far that cost goes. I think right now with the economy being as it is the media services are generally reasonable.

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The Economic Outlook of Media

6 Sep

Comic Strips

Comic strips have grown and thrived in printed news papers for hundreds of years, but with the popularity of the online newspapers their circulation has dwindled. In the past comic strip artists have been able to live off of their earnings for producing their artwork to be published multiple times a week, but now that is no longer an option. Young people with dreams of becoming paid comic strip artists need to revaluate their career choice.

 

Facebook: Unique URLS

Social networking sites have always been free ways to reach friends and family, but now even they are being looked into for making a profit. The new way in which Facebook plans on making a profit is by charging people to create their personalized URL. The URL would be a way to access a person’s profile page quick and easy. These URLs are going to make advertising a lot more specific and effective.

 

Summer Box Office

There has been a correlation between the box office ticket sales and the recession. The better the economy, the better all the frivolous activities do as well. If your career is in the movie industry the economy is definitely a factor in which needs to be accounted for.

The “Modern” Condition

5 Sep

Charlie Chaplin’s film, “Modern Times”, begins with a very powerful description “Modern Times. A story of industry, of individual enterprise humanity crusading in the pursuit of happiness.” This quote previews what exactly Chaplin is about to parody, the humorous aspect of the rat race each human competes in everyday to keep up with the ever-changing world.

What is modern? Webster’s dictionary defines ‘modern’ as a characteristic of the present or the immediate past. So by definition modern is the latest and greatest. That being said, when applying this theory to any careerĀ one must be prepared to constantly be reinventing his or her self and continuously learn and obtain new skills. Without that drive to change with the times, you’ll just be left in the past.