As a student attending a university with accessible Internet almost anywhere, I have an understanding with each new media tool at my disposal. That tool, whether it be computer or tablet can cause severe procrastination. However, they are also a part of my understanding in new media. Some tools I find myself using on a daily basis, while others are severely neglected.
Embracing Modern Media Outputs:
Laptop—oh man, I use this buddy for everything digital. It’s my source to video entertainment through Netflix and my own media production such as blogs. I’m also a huge fan of Photoshop, video makers, and social media posts on various sites.
All systems in the PlayStation category—I’m a PlayStation fan girl through and through. I own every current system, finishing off the list last week when I bought my very own PS Vita. I use all of these systems mainly for game play but the handhelds work great for social media on the go. I’ve also had to play a game for a class and have spent some time studying the inner working behind the myth in gaming universes.
Smart Phone—my phone is not my friend. While is fits the category of “smart phone” it’s really slow and gets a bit temperamental on bad days. However, this works great for publishing to blogs on the go, viewing social media, and checking e-mails. I can also download word, excel, and other Microsoft program files onto my phone, which makes checking over papers or schedules e-mailed to me pretty simple. That’s pretty much all I use it for.
Digital Camera—I really love to take pictures, although most aren’t very good. I have to admit sharing picture to friends and family is a main reason as to why I own a camera. I like taking pictures that are good enough quality to print and send. However, I’ll have to admit that most of the photos I’ve taken of late are either of my cats or my crafts.
People only get cats so they can post pictures of them on the Internet
Zune—my granddaddy Zune is going on seven years old but still works like a pro. I love it, and will probably always support this brand over Apple anything. I can’t post on social media with this brick, but I can listen to radio stations, watch videos, and (of course) listen to music! Music really gets me in the mood to write or do other homework activities so I always have it on hand.
With most of my electronic tools I can access multiple different websites that cater to my media needs. Some of my favorites are Facebook, YouTube, Goodreads, Twitter, and the occasional encounter with StumbleUpon. Most of these social media sites I’ve mentioned in an earlier post (link). Another site that I’ve looked into is Pinterest. I haven’t gotten around to setting up a site yet, but after looking at it for a couple of hours the other day I’ve decided several things about it appeal to me. Once major thing is that I love crafting and multiple tutorials can be accessed through a simple phrase search.
Xbox 360—used it about four times to play actual games and used it more often for its HBO GO feature. I’m not a fan of the Xbox, its controller, home screen, or most of the Xbox exclusive games available. However, this is a good system to play with friends. You can have four people on one game (depending on the game of course) so it works for group settings. I’ll have to admit the only game I play with a group on this system is Halo. It also comes with the “social media” function and can access Facebook as well as other similar sites.
My CD collection—I’ll be completely honest when I say I probably own two CDs. A long time ago, in a time before mp3 players and IPods I had a vast collection of hard copy music. Today my collection is stored in a box somewhere at a grandparent’s house waiting for me to return for it with open arms. While I still enjoy having a CD in the car for long drives, they’re pretty much useless to me beyond that point.
DVD player—while the DVD player I got for Christmas two years ago still sits plugged in next to my bedroom TV I don’t really have any use for it. Earlier I mentioned having a PS3, and I use it all the time to watch movies. When I’m not watching a Blu-ray, however, I’m usually on Netflix. The DVD player usually only gets used when I want to watch a movie before bed.
Out for the Count:
VCR—I haven’t owned a VCR since the early 2000s after my mom decided to rebuy almost all our Disney movies on DVD. Honestly, I could say something about how old movies are amazing and watching them on the VCR gives it a classic feel, but I’d be lying to myself. I hated watching movies on VCRs before DVDs got popular. Rewinding a movie never appealed to me at all as a kid. The wait was torture. I’m glad to leave the VCR on the bench for my media viewing experiences.
Record Player—My first experience of listening to music wasn’t through the car stereo or a mix tape my mother had lying around like (hopefully) most kids in the 90s. Instead, I would listen to old Elvis records with my grandmother during the weekend or holiday music during Christmas time. I loved listening to records as a child, and I’d like to own a record player sometime during my adult life, but music on the go in the form of an IPod is much simpler.