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Over the last month, as the world has been faced with this global pandemic, the way I see media has changed drastically. As there world has been forced to quarantine themselves inside their homes, different forms of media, particularly social media, have been crucial in keeping people connected. Over the course of the last month, there have been drastic changes in the way we consume media. For example classes that used to be in person are now being held remotely on zoom. The introduction, or rather amelioration of zoom shows me how new forms of media are developed and used to adhere to specific needs. Even though we are forced to stay in quarantine, we have found a media outlet that allows us to continue to hold course discussions, or even business conferences. Another way in which media consumption habits have changed is in the sense that now the only way to talk to friends, family, and anyone outside of your quarantine is through social media. The idea that platforms like snapchat, Facebook, and instagram are keeping friendships alive is a new concept. Before the quarantine I looked at these things as a bonus; a way of sending a message or two to someone until I saw them in person again. Now, these platforms are really the only way for me to interact with my friends. As Danah Boyd said “Fundamentally, social networks sites are a category of community sites that have profiles, friends, and comments.” (Boyd p. 5). Over the last month I have seen media change before my eyes, as it becomes more important in both a professional and societal way.

Sources:

Boyd, Danah. (2007) “Why Youth (Heart) Social Network Sites: The Role of Networked Publics
in Teenage Social Life.” MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Learning – Youth, Identity, and Digital
Media Volume (ed. David Buckingham). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

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