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Texting and other tales

Today in Intro to Media, we’re going to discuss ways that digital technology has transformed mass media. We’ll also talk about texting.
You may be interested to know that it took only 20.53 seconds for Mark Encarnación to write the following message:

The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human

Encarnación wrote the same message while blindfolded in an astonishing 25.90 seconds, according to Guinness World Records.
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Just don’t text at the movies. Earlier this month, an ex-cop, Curtis Reeves, got into a dispute with a fellow movie-goer, Chad Oulson, who had been texting during the movie previews. Oulson threw a bag of popcorn at Reeves, then Reeves shot and killed him, police say. See story here.

COM 208: Digital Revolution. Did you know?

Discussion:

  • Review Google profiles
  • Digital revolution. Impact of digital technology, Internet on mass media, other industries.
  • In March 2009, Jeff Jarvis said we’re experiencing a “Great Restructuring:”

It’s not a great depression, neither is it a great recession we’re going through now. This morning, The New York Times finally realized that what we’re experiencing is more than a financial crisis: “Job Losses Hint at Vast Remaking of Economy.” Well, yes, if hints were sledgehammers. …what we’re living through is instead a great restructuring of the economy and society, starting with a fundamental change in our relationships – how we are linked and intertwined and how we act, nothing less than that.

Check out this transcript, below, of a remarkable video, “Did you know?” version 4.0:

A surge of new technologies and social media innovations are altering the media landscape.
Convergence is everywhere. It is easier than ever before to reach a large audience, but harder than ever to really connect with it.
These changes are affecting the way people behave. Are you ready for the future?
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