I didn’t think our campus situation was as bad as it was until I walked to class today. I had decided to greet everyone I passed, even folks I didn’t know. Well, lo and behold, it soon struck me that we have been taken over by a destructive, invasive magnetic force!

     I didn’t realize how intrusive and spellbinding cell phones have become until today. Those I passed, with one exception, were all on their cellphones. They didn’t even bother to look up when we were face to face. They were so involved in their phones that I literally had to step out of the way to keep from being run over!

    What is going on? Come on, you guys! With several thousand people on campus, surely we can spare a smile or two, coupled with a kind greeting! Can’t we save our phones for times when we’re alone? Who knows, putting our phones away might give us the opportunity to make new friends or to give encouragement to some old friends!

    So what do you say, ladies and gents? Shall we put our phones away, step outside of our comfort zones, AND watch where we’re going?
 
 
PictureTeaching mom how to navigate the web & other apps using her cell phone!
(this post is a class assignment & not a part of my blogs topic)
    The multimedia news piece “Snowfall” is a great example of what the future is moving towards in journalism. Newspapers are becoming “old school.” Who has the time to sit down, pick up a paper, and scan through an array of articles set in a linear format that is determined by an editor’s priorities? We the readers have our own priorities and interests, so it suits us better to use a tablet, cell phone, or computer to go directly to a specific article that piques our interest.

    “Snowfall” offers various ways to engage the reader besides the text itself. It offers video interviews, picture slideshows, and interactive maps. It allows readers to experience a story at a level different from what they are used to in regular print. When we read a newspaper, we have the text and maybe a black-and-white or color picture but not much more. When we read news online, we have multimedia and hyperlinks to broaden and deepen our understanding of a subject.

    Let’s face reality. Today’s advanced technology makes reading articles online more convenient, educational, and entertaining for our fast-paced society. However, if we are going to face reality, perhaps there is a reality more important than the values of  "convenience and entertainment." What about the value of simple courtesy, of kindness to people around us? Shouldn't we examine the realities, the consequences of being a "fast-paced society"?