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My Media Use: 24-Hour Window

Note: This blog is intended to satisfy assignment criteria in my Digital Media Literacy I course at Arizona State University. I was asked to provide a detailed record of how I use media in a “24-hour stretch”.

*Recorded on August 26th, 2021

9:00 a.m.: Wake up and check my phone. The apps that I use when I wake up are the clock to check time, messages to see if family or clients sent messages while I slept, Canvas to check on my two courses this Fall B semester, and Instagram for motivation/networking. The news that I received this morning came from Instagram. I mostly follow entrepreneur/wealth, psychology, and music entertainment. The only current event relevant that I gained besides motivation was the cringe worthy “crate challenge”. At this point I am just waiting for this challenge to disappear from the media.

11:30 a.m.: After breakfast I begin to prioritize my day. I set up my laptop in the quietest room in the house, the living room, and since the remote is missing I refrain from turning it on. I pull up Canvas and open my phone to use DUO Push Authentication. I check my messages and respond to a text with a client before going back to Canvas. I check my “Aging and the Life Course” class, which requires Yellowdig (threaded conversation that is graded). So, I post a comment to a classmate’s introduction and react to a few posts.

I then switch to Digital Media Literacy and open “My Media Use: a 24-hour look” by Dan Gillmor as a reference to this assignment. I open Word and start creating the content about my personal 24-hour media use to then switch over to my Blog for publishing. I know that I still have quite a few articles for this weeks Module 2; a conversation post and a quiz. My priority is to complete my learning materials for this week, and then I will be able to complete the rest of my assignments for Digital Media Literacy I.

12:30 p.m.: Digital Media Literacy I, Module 2: Learning Materials. I start with the first video about “Media History” (Gillmor, n.d.). Professor Gillmor describes the history of media as Cave/Wall drawings, to papyrus scrolls, and then to the Bible (“done by hand by people called scribes”) (Gillmor, n.d.). In a way spreading the word of the bible began a spark of media throughout the world. After the printing press was invented, then people started using media for “political and social purposes, beyond spreading the word of the bible” (Gillmor, n.d.). The invention of the telegraph helped speed up the transmission of media to the speed of light. In this video, Professor Gillmor said journals helped mass media, radio broadcasting started mass media, and television helped engrave memories. (Gillmor, n.d.). From the “Legacy Model” to the “21st Century Information Flow” the message I received from this video is that “consumers have become creators and creators become collaborators” (Gillmor, n.d.) I enjoy history so this video was fun for me to watch.

1:00 p.m-6:00 p.m.: Instagram for Lunch and More Learning Materials after. During lunch I opened Instagram and learned from @hot975vegas that “there was a suicide bombing in Kabul outside Afghanistan’s airport with some casualties being American.” I also learned from a few posts that it is “National Dog Day”. Up to this point I haven’t really engaged in or sought out any news sources to verify validity of these stories, I repost a few motivation memes to Instagram, and my focus today is mostly on schoolwork.

I read the material underneath “Learning Materials for Module 2” in my Digital Media Literacy I course so I will be prepared to complete my outstanding conversation post and be prepared for the quiz Sunday. Some of the sources of these articles were Time.com, Medium.com, NY Times, Columbia Journalism Review, Washington Post, Neiman Reports, Pew Research Center, Virginian-Pilot, ASU News CO/Lab, and a blog written by a friend of Professor Dan Gillmor, Ethan Zuckerman.

I also watched two videos the remaining two videos by Professor Dan Gillmor about “A Messy Media Ecosystem” and “Principles”.

7:00 p.m.: After Dinner, Movie. My family watches a movie after dinner before we get ready for bed. We decided to watch “The Avengers: End Game” on “DisneyPlus”. Typically, I charge my phone during a movie, but other times I will surf Instagram or Facebook. I keep in touch with family members on Facebook and network on Instagram. Tonight, my phone is charging until morning, and the Avengers: End Game is over three hours; so, Goodnight.

How I Rate My Media Sources

(Range of 1-10. 1=Least Credible, 10=Most Credible

I would rate the media I used in this exercise as mostly credible. This includes the videos and articles referenced under Learning Materials For Module 2 in Digital Media Literacy I. All of these sources would get a “10” rating from me because of the high credibility of Arizona State University and Professor Dan Gillmor.

Facebook and Instagram would receive a rate of “5” for credibility. Social media platforms are not credible in my opinion. They are a platform with posts based on feelings and opinions; not necessarily facts. I do respect that most news stations are adapting to an online social presence, and during the Pandemic and Quarantine I did follow CNN, and local news stations on Social Media to keep informed,

Videos (In order of watching them)

Gillmor, D. (n.d.). “A Brief History of Media”. ASU News Co/Lab.

Gillmor, D. (n.d.). “A Messy Media Ecosystem”. ASU News Co/Lab.

Gillmor, D. (n.d.). “Principles”. ASU News Co/Lab.

Links (Articles are in order of reading them)

https://time.com/5362183/the-real-fake-news-crisis/

https://medium.com/trust-media-and-democracy/for-online-media-literacy-that-works-speed-and-ease-matters-896dba85b54c

https://time.com/6086558/us-homicides-violent-crime-rates/

https://www.cjr.org/the_new_gatekeepers/disinformation-whitney-phillips.php

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/covid-delta-guidance-confusion/2021/08/10/c7788462-f6d1-11eb-9738-8395ec2a44e7_story.html

https://niemanreports.org/articles/can-extreme-transparency-fight-fake-news-and-create-more-trust-with-readers/

https://www.pewresearch.org/journalism/2018/06/18/distinguishing-between-factual-and-opinion-statements-in-the-news/

https://www.pewresearch.org/journalism/2018/06/18/distinguishing-between-factual-and-opinion-statements-in-the-news/

https://www.pilotonline.com/about/from-pilot/article_da1d9148-3dd4-11e8-9231-c3f4ad2872a1.html

https://www.pewresearch.org/journalism/2018/06/18/distinguishing-between-factual-and-opinion-statements-in-the-news/

https://mediactive.newscollab.org/part-two/slow-news/

https://ethanzuckerman.com/2009/11/09/why-we-fall-for-fast-news/

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