Electronic Media In Brave New World

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The media environment determines what we know about the world (Press and Williams 7). Media “acts as the bridge between people’s private lives and their relation to the public world,” by providing citizens access to local, national, and international news (Croteau and Hoynes 20). But media also provides citizens a way to stay connected with their friends and family. Without electronic media, information must be spread through interpersonal communication, which creates a greater risk of misinterpretation or error (Lecture 8/25). The devastating hurricane of 1928 took the lives of so many people, partly because access to information was sporadic and not able to be widely dispersed. A lot of the passing of information had to be done face to face…show more content…
While this novel is a work of fiction, Postman believes that perhaps “man’s infinite appetite for distractions” and media like the TV are the ways in which our society could be controlled (Lecture 9/8). Before my day without electronic media, Postman’s opinion seemed very farfetched to me. But after analyzing my experience of cutting out electronic media, I can understand Postman’s argument better. Media has become such a significant and essential part of my generations’ life that it is the source of much of our happiness and amusement. Having all media taken away from us is a concept that is terrifying, and Postman may be right that we are controlled by our dependence on electronic media and the entertainment it…show more content…
Just by going a day without electronic media, I saw that it altered everything from my ability to wake up to going to the gym. It made me realize how important electronic media has become in our society and how it is nearly impossible to live your life without any media. Even if I were to cut myself off from entertainment media like TV, social media, and texting, I could not hold a job or be a student without access to the Internet and email at minimum. Our media culture is constantly evolving, and new media technologies are providing us with new ways to interact with one another and our environment. As time goes on, I suspect it will only get harder to cut electronic media out of our
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