Us vs. Media

As I am sitting here, typing on my computer with my cell phone not 5 inches from my hand, I along with millions of other people are being flooded with new information by the second. In today’s technology filled world, it is uncommon for someone to not have some sort of communication device handy. I am guilty of this. I wake up every single morning and the first thing I reach for is my phone (yeah, I know) to check my messages, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and everything in between. Then, without moving from my bed I click on the morning news and instantly I am slammed with countless amounts of information, with in my opinion absolutely no time to process it. So here we are. This is the technique used for giving out information today, but how do we know that someone will receive the information correctly; by using proper signals to convey messages. English please; using words that properly fit in context to what is being communicated. You don’t want to use sad, drowning words when you are trying to be uplifting and inviting!

Back to the flooding of information that somehow always finds its way into our conversations even if it information we don’t want. This is called noise and not good noise. This noise in communication is information that you do not desire to have in conversation. But somehow it finds its annoying way into our lives. The noise is a common factor of why the technical signals are not interpreted correctly; why the message transmitted is not the message received.

Communication and the way we do it are constantly changing. Face-to- face conversation barely happens anymore and I am not sure that some generations in the future will even know to how have one.

Are we living in world with too much information? Absolutely. Twenty four hours, 7 days a week we are flooded with important and useless information from all over the world through television, radio, and our cell phones (or life lines). All of this information whether it is useless or complete relevant to our lives is controlling us.

Trying to have a conversation with someone without a topic that was said in the news that morning is pretty difficult today. It almost as if we now shape our lives and the way we live our lives by the information that is thrown around on daily basis. We conform to what is said on the news and want to be like those celebrities that have no talent but are famous because we make them famous. As I’ve said before, the countless amounts of completely relevant and useless information have started to control our lives. Is it possible to even make a decision anymore without seeing what others are doing?

Can we filter it? Can we only take in the information that is relevant to an individual and discard everything else? This is how we all take the information. We filter it without even knowing that we do it. It’s natural.

4 thoughts on “Us vs. Media

  1. I wrote about our minds being filled with the irrelevant gossip of the lives of celebrities as well in my post! I think this post is awesome and I agree with a lot of your points and where you stand on the fact that we live in a world with too much and you had some really great points in here!

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  2. I want to get you to push yourself a bit further here… if I pick up my phone and open up FB and start reading through my News Feed… am I really having to deal with “noise” the way Shannon and Weaver use the term? Since they lean so heavily on the sender’s intentions, you could say that every one of those posts, even the ones I don’t want to read or find annoying, is an intended message received, hence signal. If we switch our focus to the receiver instead of the sender, now we can talk about the sort of information overload that Bush is describing, and the need to exert more control over all of that information. What do you think–does it make sense to focus more on the intentions of the sender or the desires of the receiver?

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  3. I definitely agree that we live in a world with too much information. With Google always at our fingertips, we never cease the flow of information. But how much of that information is actually intended for us to know? I am fascinated by the fact that most people who receive a message may not actually interpret the message as the sender intended. To me, that is miscommunication. So, if we are not communicating the message successfully, would it always be considered a miscommunication? Something to think about.

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