I think that social media has a very intoxicating influence on my life. Not just my life but the life of my friends and family members. It is completely dominating the way society is shaped. Those who take advantage of twitter inform their followers of every mood their feeling or how they feeling negatively about someone that day. Even if the name is not mentioned in the post their followers know who they are talking about just by the context clues from the before or after tweet. Facebook for example has becoming a growing phenomena over the years for businesses, advertisements and incriminated photos that will prevent you from getting your dream job. At one point in my life I had to delete my Facebook during finals week because I found myself so swallowed by the social media platform that I could not focus on the task that was truly important. As the months came closer to may I realized I had so many pictures of myself on my Facebook that could easily effect my career opportunities all because I was photographed drinking a beer, even though I was of age. It is a terrifying feeling alone knowing you have to go into the real world and get a job. Adding on the stress that there are photos of yourself floating around the internet that will never be erased.Thats the beauty of the internet isnt it?.. nothing is ever erased. Now I think that Instagram and snapchat have the most influence on my life. I find myself constantly checking instagram posts and snapchat feed. The real problem is that is ruins relationships, created unnecessary jealously problems. I stumbled upon this video the other day that I found quite accurate and explains the influence that social media and our phones have over our life.
If you watch the video posted in the link below you will have a better understanding of what I mean.
This course is not my first online class however it is by far the most technical class I have had online. It is defiantly more hands on and engaging then the other classes I have been taken through out my academic career. I think that Dr. Magolis has gone over and beyond in his efforts to teach and have his students be apart of a class room environment even though we are all active via Blackboard Collaborate. In the beginning of this year I found out I was able to walk in the spring if I took six classes my spring semester and an a course in the summer session. I also was told that the Mass Communications department was getting new classes next year. At first thought I remember telling my friend Kristen Hatton, “ wow just my luck, brand new curriculum after I leave Bloomsburg” but then I found out that one of those new classes was offered online. So here I am in Emergent Media, I have to say I am pretty excited to be apart of this class and learn something new before I am released into the real world. This will officially be my last undergrad class and i’m happy it is in the mass communication department. Emergent Media is most commonly described as communication in all forms including technology and all interactive parts that are integrated. So it was so surprise to me that we would be blogging. I am familiar with blogging after taking another PR class with Dr. Ganahl. However, we used blogger so this will be my first blog on wordpress. We have been told time and time again to brand yourself. I think that the best way to brand yourself is to blog. In todays society we are completely consumed by the internet and it has a powerful influence. Blogging is a great way to stand out from your competitors as well has interact with people in your profession or business. Blogging is also an effective way to reach costumers, fans or family members. Either way you look at it, blogging is important in mass communications and emergent media.