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.)