For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Tiarne and I am currently a second year journalism student. BCM240 is an elective of mine, but that doesn’t mean I’m any less interested or committed to the subject. In fact, I really enjoy doing media subjects. I don’t know what I want to do when I finish uni, but I would love to work in the media. It has always been fascinating to me, but at the moment I’m just seeing where life takes me.
My experiences being in the media space:
I’m grateful to have grown up in the 21st century, as it has made education, socialising and everyday mundane tasks so much easier for me. Because I happen to exist at this revolutionary time, my experiences being in the media space are quite extensive. Below are some examples of this:
- Every morning, I wake up and scroll through my Facebook feed like it’s the morning paper. Sometimes, I sit at the table with my breakfast and scroll though my news feed, while my mother sits next to me with her breakfast and flips through an actual newspaper. I think this shows a huge contrast between generation gaps.
- I consistently check my Facebook throughout the day. I find that I check it to keep up to date with my family and friends, view news stories, watch videos, or look at funny memes. Facebook often eliminates the need for me to read newspapers, watch the news, or even browse news stories online.
- I have a Twitter account, but I don’t use it nearly as much as I use other social media platforms. I mainly use it for university purposes, or to search about things that I’m interested in. To be honest, I enjoy searching for spoilers regarding my favourite TV shows (and I watch a lot of TV shows!) It’s also good for stalking celebrities, which usually results in me sitting at my laptop, shoving my face with chocolate and feeling extreme envy at their lavish lifestyles.
- Approximately every three days, I check my Instagram account. I know many young people use Instagram religiously, but I’ve never been overly obsessed with it. I do upload more photos to Instagram than I do to Facebook, but I spend much more time on Facebook (if that makes any sense). I suppose I use Facebook to keep up to date with other people’s lives, and use Instagram to document my own life. I know that’s very weird logic, but to be honest, I’ve never done things the ‘normal’ way.
- I don’t use Snapchat consistently, but I often check for new ‘stories’ to watch. I mainly send goofy pictures of myself, and my animals to close friends. My involvement in this media space is limited compared to other people, and I still don’t completely understand how it works — but I’m getting there!
- I don’t have a Tumblr account, but I find it fascinating. Sometimes I google things that I’m curious about, and Tumblr links appear. Once I click on these links, I usually have extreme difficulty manoeuvring the Tumblr website. Therefore, I don’t think it’s a good idea for me to sign up for an account any time soon. I do have a WordPress account (obviously), which I use for university.
When I think about it, my reliance on social media, and the internet, is quite frightening. For example, one night a few weeks ago, my house had a black out. My smartphone ran out of battery, so I just situated myself on the couch for three hours. I literally did nothing until the power came back on. I couldn’t even find candles, so I had to use the light on my laptop to guide me around the house. My parents were out of state, and my sisters weren’t home, so I didn’t even have anyone to talk to. It’s a good thing that I don’t get scared easily because it sounds like a potential murder scene from ‘Nightmare of Elm Street.’
I cannot imagine life without the internet, as I use it for pretty much everything. If I don’t know something, I will look it up on Google. If I want to watch a video, YouTube is my best friend. I even read some books online if I can’t be bothered to go to the book store. As I said previously, growing up in the 21st century has shaped my extensive involvement in the media space.