I literally can’t remember the last time I went an entire day without checking Facebook 903248209348230 times.
I don’t think of checking these things as anything less than checking my voicemail or text messages. At this point, FB, Insta, and Twitter have become just alternate forms of communication that people could be using to contact me… at any time…of the day…any day of the week.
Like, let’s be real. Checking Facebook is just something you do.
After reading Ch. 1 in Briggs about the “digital world”… a recent incident came to mind, and I had a sort of “epiphany” of sorts.
1. I recently ran into a girl I had Spanish class with last semester in the bathroom of Hankamer Business School.
We chatted for a brief second, asking all of the basic questions one asks when they encounter someone they don’t really know, but it’s like…you recognize each other and it’s awkward if you don’t make convo… etc.
Anyways, I said, “Well, hey we should totally get lunch sometime and catch up. That would be fun.” <– to which she replied, “Yeah that sounds great.”
“Sweet!” I replied, “I’ll add you on Facebook and message you my info.”
“I’m not on Facebook,” she said, “But, here, let me give you my number.”
I grabbed a pen and wrote down her digits. But, I remember my mind screaming, “Who ISN’T ON FACBEOOK? AND WHY NOT!?”
After reading this chapter, I think I sort of know the answer. But, I don’t like it.
Answer: Because some people want to remain traditional. They want to maintain a semblance of privacy and inaccessibility in their lives. And, honestly, this makes sense to me. But, at the same time, it renders you irrelevant to a significant degree because pretty much everyone else is jumping on the digital craze bandwagon– including employers, educators, educational institutions, world leaders, and, most relevant to the discussion of this chapter, news media outlets.
2. As a journalist, I feel as though learning to navigate the Internet, knowing how to create digital text, audio, photo, and video files, registering domain names, maximizing an RSS feed reader, designing and personalizing web pages, and working with HTML is hyper imperative because it is the LANGUAGE of today. It is a business’s identity, a world leader’s identity–OUR own identity.
The interconnectedness that is enabled by being savvy to these basic functions of digital technology is basically limitless.
And, in my opinion, this constant accessibility of all people in all places around the world allows for collaborative innovation like we’ve never been able to see it in times past.
My two questions regarding the content of the chapter are the following:
1. Are there ever cases in which HTML coding will vary depending on which Web source you are writing it for?
For example, if I am coding for Facebook, would my coding for Facebook be transferable to Blogspot or would I have to readjust or amend my HTML coding to coincide with the latter site? In other words…is it universally applicable?
2. What are the best ways to go about screening a potential addition to your RSS reader in order to prevent getting redundant with your subscription choices?
Overall, this chapter–with its focus on technology “hot topics”– made me realize the important role that technology plays in my life on a daily basis, and how NOT allowing technology to exist in your life to an appropriate degree will eventually lead you to being left in the dark!
And we can’t have that now, can we?