Study: Soundbites

In a lecture class that followed up on the students’ assignment of going 24-hours without media, Prof. Susan Moeller led a discussion about how students use media.  She put a grid of 8 topics up on the projector and then randomly called on individual students to help fill in the grid.

What were the student soundbites?

  • EMAIL IS THE ONLY KIND OF MAIL I’VE EVER SENT
  • I ALWAYS TEXT AND DRIVE
  • I RECEIVED 40 TEXTS SINCE WE STARTED DOING THIS—IN THE LAST 15 MINUTES
  • I HAVE 20 UNHEARD VOICEMAILS
  • I CHECK FACEBOOK MORE FROM MY ITOUCH THAN FROM MY COMPUTER
  • I HAVE ONLY LISTENED TO ABOUT HALF OF MY ITUNES
  • I HAVE MORE TV CHANNELS MEMORIZED THAN MATH FORMULAS
  • I’D RATHER CHECK THE NEWS ONLINE THAN ON TV
  • I ONLY USE NEWSPAPERS TO CLEAN MY WINDOWS

Click on this pdf link to read what over 80 other students had to say about how they use media. (Note:  there wasn’t time to go around the class and get the thoughts of the more than 100 other students registered in the class.)

In-class notes-table-1




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