You cant handle the truth

As soon as Ted mentioned the dot-dash code (Morse Code) invented by Samuel Morse in 1836, this particular episode of The office came into mind. Check it out for a bit of a laugh…

Getting on with this weeks discussion, we can see the way in which technology has changed and transformed the way in which we now share, view, receive, depict and send information and messages. No longer are we waiting for horse’s to deliver messages that are already days old, no longer are we just relying on print or even the binary dot-dash code. Many were confused with the introduction of the telegraph, The new york times in 1858 even states, ‘the telegraph has caused vast injury.’

So why is the idea of NOW, a dangerous idea? Due to the obliteration of distance?

The complaint made by The New York times in 1858, suggests that the new media ‘telegraph’ is too shallow. With the information now being transmitted so fast we have no time for reflection. This can be seen even in todays new platforms such as twitter and even Facebook.

I.E I took quickly to twitter last week after my BCM240 tutor didn’t turn up to the lecture and we had no messages regarding her absence.

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However ‘to fast for the truth’ came into place here, without thinking about reasons why she may be absence, i was quick to become angry and display my anger to the #BCM240 sphere. Later she replied…

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Safe to say the space (internet sphere) we have created today through numerous technologies, hasn’t entirely been positive, I mean sure it has inevitably obliterated distance but it has only enhanced how shallow we can come across on the internet and social media platforms. Maybe good ol’ fashioned letters shouldn’t be jettisoned so quickly…

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2 thoughts on “You cant handle the truth

  1. Let me just start off by saying that I really enjoyed The Office reference! You’ve nailed a summary of the main points and ideas from one of the related readings, even via unintentional practice haha! As terrible as it may feel to have been in your situation, it does an effective job of a modern day eg of commnication being ‘too fast for the truth’. I think we have all been guilty of this at some point too!

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  2. The idea of ‘now,’ while producing significant changes in communication and societal structures, has to potential to be damaging to the individual as you noted. Building upon the idea of ‘now,’ with technology moving society into an open ‘switched on’ society, we are beginning to witness the impacts that simultaneous communication has.

    As Carpenter, L. (2006) notes that due to mobile devices and virtual social spheres, we are expected to be available constantly – either from relationships, work or media. Thus increasing certain anxieties and decreasing our individual capacity. Moreover Doward, J. (2015) illustrates that media coverage of terrorism results in further violence, in that prior to a ‘now’ society in which our anxieties relaxed between traditional coverage of violence, we are experiencing a barrage of violence fueling our anxieties.

    Reference:
    Carpenter, L. (2006), The exhaustion epidemic, The Guardian, viewed 12.08.16

    Doward, J. (2015), Media coverage of terrorism ‘leads to further violence,’ The Guardian, viewed 12.08.16

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