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Media does solve our problems?

Media. The thoughts that came to mind after hearing that word in the beginning of the semester were platforms like Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Youtube, and Facebook. Predominately a source of entertainment. But when the word “media” is mentioned now, entertainment is one of the last things that I think of. Now media to me, is a type of learning style.

Early in March 2020 the United States was introduced to a global pandemic in Covid-19, also known as the infamous coronavirus. The virus prompted schools, businesses, gyms, and public gatherings to be shut down. The biggest affect on me was the move to online schooling for me at HWS colleges. For the near future at least, media is not a source of entertainment it is my livelihood.

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Siva Vaidhyanathan stated in her article titled “Now We Know Tech Won’t Save Us” that “We the public have a responsibility, too—to recognize that Silicon Valley can’t just fix itself, and to stop hoping that technology can solve the problems the public sphere exists to tackle”. Siva expresses that society can not depend of technology and media to fix problems that society is faced with but that is exactly what we did when this pandemic struck the community at HWS colleges.

The ironic thing is that we did the complete opposite of what Siva said we have to learn not to do. The colleges introduced an online learning style where students will learn remotely through various media instruction. Classes went from chalk on a chalkboard to a stylus and a screen then to a streaming platform such as youtube. For students and I can only assume for faculty as well, media was no longer for entertainment. It is now for teaching and learning. Youtube, the website we used to entertain ourselves is now used for learning your math lesson for the day. FaceTime is not with your friends anymore but rather is a group faceTime with your class. Podcasts are no longer stories but rather your history lecture for the day. How can we still look at media the same way? How can we not allow technology and media solve our problems?

References “Now We Know Tech Won’t Save Us.” Now We Know Tech Won’t Save Us (2018): n. pag. Print.