information overload– Coda RED!

While reading the advent of the media the one persistent theme that stuck out was that information overload is not a new thing! Blogging and the overload of “subjective journalists”, still not a new thing.

This article was very detailed, though bouncing all over the timeline. I will focus on the way American media developed to the state that it is in today.

It was in the early 1900s that journalists started to not only report on politics, but interpret or analyze the events in their own voices. During the 1930s, the US began realizing its democratic hope of universal success, American media was reaching far through space and time. This made me draw comparisons to our discussion about the flatteners. The American goal with media was, since the beginning, to spread democracy or rather commercialism. European media is discussed in the piece at great length as well, but it seems that England had a straight forwrad goal to report the news and events with their media, whereas America has ALWAYS wanted world domination with media. National interests have always guided critical choices about communication and media outlet usage. Fascists and communist countries used the media as an essential medium for extending power, whereas totalitarian regimes saw the media as a method of mind control.

Liberal democracies (I am assuming that the US fell under this category in the first decades of the 20th century) put communications in the hands of contending partiesand kept it away from government, so that advertising and mass market drove American media. Media played a big factor in economic growth and militairy. During WWI, the federal government demanded 100 percent Americanism messages- sounds familiar-to be mirrored in the media. The advent of the postal office is somewhat like the launching of the world wide web. Post offices made information service a possibility, it also introduced new issues of intellectual property.

Actually many things came together to support the print information revolution; the government supporting roads, railroads, canals and education lead to an actual market that could receive and read prnt materials. Sam could be said about the world wide web, PC made people computer literate, many systems became automized, credit cards, and gig became cheaper. Only this time it wasn’t our government as the main support, it was businesses. America has faught to keep the media out of the hands of the government an dwho has taken a hold of it? Profit seekers. E-business. Us privatized telecommunications and supported communication development on a continental scale. Even in 1930. I refer to this as the Early Flattener. The relationship between commercial media and democracy has two sides – the need to attract audiences produces “reckless” sensationalism as well as engages new groups in a debate. Hmmm can someone say BLOGS?

Access to technology and information overload is not a new issue. The author summarizes his chapter by saying that 2,000 years ago Archimedes said give me a lever long enough and a place to stand and I will move the world. Many people in our society have believed that if they are in front of a microphone, camera or computer screen they can change the world, the sad reality is that there are so many people doing this that it is pushing in different directions, and not really making any impact at all.

Blogs?

I digress.

Over and out, I write this blog in vain.

-Andrea.

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