Do you dare to go an entire day without media? Is it even possible in the world we live in today? These are the questions I asked myself before I attempted to avoid ALL media for an entire day. It was extremely difficult, and I found there was some media that could not be avoided.
I woke up in the morning to the sound of my alarm clock beeping instead of the normal radio station that wakes me up. I never realized how peaceful it was to wake up to the Kane Show on 99.5. When I finally got out of bed I walked over to turn my computer on without even thinking. I cannot remember the last time I got ready for class before checking my email. So far, my morning without mass media was not very pleasant.
I walked to class without listening to my iPod. The walk felt longer and more scenic than normal. Without my auditory senses being engaged, my other senses were heightened. I noticed more things around me, such as the tress blowing in the wind and students shuffling to class.
When I arrived to my first class of the day, I was exposed to media that I could not ignore. My professor used a PowerPoint presentation to teach his lecture. As I listened to the lecture and took notes, I realized that learning was almost impossible without the use of mass media. Whether the knowledge is being displayed on a white screen or a chalk board, both include print which is a form a media.
After class, I went to lunch with my friends. I always enjoy my friends company, but I never realized how much we use and discuss media during these encounters. They were all talking about the TigerTHON dance-a-thon event that we are helping to organize this semester. One of my friends spent the entire time tweeting and posting Facebook messages as a means to increase our fundraising total and spread awareness about the event this Friday.
I thought to myself, if all the proceeds of TigerTHON go to the Children’s Miracle Network, then maybe social media use, such as tweeting was okay. I decided against it; I had not used my cell phone all day and I was determined to last 24 hours without it.
Later that night, one my favorite shows was premiering a new episode. My roommate and I watch the show Pretty Little Liars religiously, and I was going to miss it this week! A typical Tuesday night consists of us watching the episode and then discussing everything that happened.
After the new episode premiered, my roommate ran into my room to tell me what a good episode I missed. I instinctively stuck my fingers in my ears. I did not want to hear anything she was saying until I saw the episode myself. She was upset we could not discuss who A could be (If you watch Pretty Little Liars, who do you think A could be!?!?!) Even though I missed the episode on television that night, I knew I could watch it on abcfamily.com tomorrow.
The next morning when my “media free” experiment was over, I woke up bright and early to the Kane Show on 99.5. As I laid in bed listening to the radio I realized how much I had missed media. I do not think our society will be giving up media any time in the near future. Mass media is here to stay.