I made a website showcasing my work. This website will be useful for future employers to look it. In addition to the work that I’ve done in class, I added another Soundslide-type project entitled, “Everything is Beautiful.” It can be found on the Examples of Work page. In just three weeks, I have learned how to effectively use the resources the internet provides in a professional manner.
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Most young adults, especially those in the professional world, have been bit by the technology bug. New forms of media are popping up more often than in the past. The majority of those young people, even on a college campus, possess technologies like smart phones, tablets or laptops. These portable devices make obtaining information or even just curing boredom easier than ever.
People believe that the Generation Y age group will see benefits from using new media. In a survey, it was found that 55% of those surveyed think that by the year 2020, people in the Generation Y age group will have differently “wired” brains than those that are older. They also believe that these people will be able to quickly find information. It is said that these people are also learning more because of the many different mediums that information is able to be obtained through. This is an interesting point because being a young adult myself, I feel that because there are so many different ways to even catch up on the news makes it easier to know what is going on in the world. I am able to learn things on my own time. Having an iPhone at my fingertips opens a window with endless opportunities to find whatever it is I am looking for.
Interestingly enough, out of young adults ages 18-29, 96% are Internet users, 84% use social networks and 97% have cell phones. More than half of those users have smartphones and 23% own tablets such as the iPad. This information really shows how much this generation is beginning to rely on new innovations to really just stay connected to the world.
The use of these devices is believe by some to have a positive impact. Some people believe that the ability to use these devices effectively will benefit their professional life. The devices help people become professional on the go. Multitasking becomes more simple. The ability to get work done anywhere has become possible with things like smartphones, laptops or tablets.
In contrast, others believe that all of this technology will have a negative impact on Generation Y. Some folks believe that the devices basically will turn your brain to mush. These people think that the use of smartphones or tablets will in turn cause Generation Y to have a small attention span and have horrible handwriting. (Just a personal side note.. Why does it matter what someone’s handwriting looks like? People my age really don’t hand write anything anymore. Everything is typed! But anyway…) In addition, some people believe that Generation Y will become fully independent on using these technologies for everything. Another concern is that the new media will cause a lack of deep thinking and ‘a thirst for only instant gratification.’ (Another side note, I think that most people would probably prefer instant gratification, but maybe that’s just me…)
Yes, these are all legitimate concerns. I just think that young adults handle these new technologies differently because we are used to them. They didn’t come out when we were 20 years old. NEW is all we’ve ever known. I think that all in all, the positives and benefits of new media outweigh the cons. It’s just up to each person, on their own, to use them in a way that will not be detrimental. It’s a lifestyle Generation Y is used to, we are just waiting for everyone else to catch up.
Barseghian, Tina. “MindShift.” MindShift. 29 Feb. 2012. Web. 30 May 2012. <http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/02/doomed-or-lucky-predicting-the-future-of-the-internet-generation/>.
As technology advances, the list of positive and negative aspects of the internet is growing. The internet can be a helpful tool for many, as well as being detrimental. The internet has brought new and useful concepts to America. In addition, the internet has also seemed to make America take a few steps backwards. The positives and negatives have both made their imprint on the society of the United States.
In America, the internet has grown to be almost a third “home” outside of the office and an actual home. The graph below shows the average time spent online per U.S. visitor. The graph is grouped by ages.
Surprised? Probably not.
Maybe Americans spend so much time on the internet because of the plethora of information it yields. The internet can be used for just about anything anymore. Need a quick reference? Google will hook you up. Need a quick photo of something? Google. Come to think of it, Google can pretty much do anything for you. Aside from using strictly Google for everything (I mean come on though, who doesn’t?) there are many other sites that allow users to get information QUICKLY. That’s probably the biggest benefit of the internet. Everything is quick. Everything is at your fingertips. Where did people first hear about the killing of Osama Bin Laden? The internet. TWITTER. The internet has made getting information so simple and quick that I can’t imagine any type of technical digressing. Being in college, I know that the internet is where I get the majority of my news. The photo below shows just that.
The internet has made everyday tasks more simple. With things like online shopping or online banking, just about everything can be done from using your internet in your house or on your phone. Internet has made “on the go” really “on the go.”
Besides all of the great things the internet gives the U.S. citizens the opportunity for, the internet also has a few drawbacks. First, I think the internet has really made interpersonal communication decrease. Less and less people are doing simple things like making phone calls or visiting to catch up because it can be done over the internet. This could be of concern in future generations because knowing how to communicate in the flesh is more important than communication electronically. Also, the internet is addicting! I am sure lots of people hop on their computers with the intention to only check a few things out and end up spending at least double the time they meant to online. The internet sucks time away. It also opens opportunities for fraud and identity theft to be committed with more ease. The internet is not a place where a person should feel like he or she is safe and can just put any type of information out there. The internet can really be a dangerous place.
The fact that the amount of internet users in the United States is growing is common sense. The world wide web has created bridges for people here to know what is going on over there. People over there can know what is going on over here. (There being anywhere…) While the internet has become a great technological advancement, it has also become a privacy and safety concern. Surf wisely.
Upon graduating from college, Communication Journalism majors should be prepared to go out into the real world with a certain set of skills to help them obtain a position within his or her field. These skills are imperative to be successful.
- Writing-Writing is a big part of any job in the Comm/Journ field. Being able to clearly and consisively write will be a plus for you.
- Editing- Whether it is your own work or someone elses, knowing editing markings and AP style will be beneficial.
- Background in software– The ability to use different types of software will make you more marketable. Knowledge of a variety of programs is key. Keeping up with technology is a good idea. Know what is being used on the internet.
- Communication-Easily the most important skill. If you can’t communicate effectively, what are you doing with this field? Make a great first impression.
- Public Speaking– It’s extremely important to be able to speak to groups of people with ease. Practice makes perfect.
- Time management– Being able to use your time effectively is important. Multiple projects could be occuring at the same time and managing time will assure everything gets completed.
- Organization– Being organized is a given positive point. Just do it.
- Flexability– Be flexible. You never know what can happen if you’re willing to bend in ways you weren’t at first thinking about.