Ahhh back into the Uni blogging routine. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy blogging for University. It’s a creative way to express ideas, explore the concepts and network with other students. What I don’t enjoy? My intense procrastination issues. However, I am optimistic that this is the semester I learn to commit to priorities. Fingers crossed!
My digital space has been quite dynamic over the years. I grew up on a rural farm which was both restrictive (or freeing- depends on your point of view) when it comes to digital connection. We are too far out of town to get mobile service (you might get a bar if you climb a tree and pray) and we still only have access to
ridiculously slow satellite internet.
I can still remember the intense debates over whose turn it was to use the computer for “homework” (MSN), and recording ‘Home and Away’ over tapes so that we could all watch it after my brothers got home from football training. I remember watching CatDog after school, RAGE TV on Saturday mornings before netball and I remember my unwavering love for the Saddle Club.
Over-all my childhood digital space experience was very normal, however when I step back I can definitely reflect on the gradual shift in patterns and behaviours; not only when I interact with media but also when others around me do. When we finally got wifi at home we were (and still are) quite resistant to being antisocial when in a shared lounge or living room etc. We just believe that it is good etiquette to connect in social spaces rather than having your head buried in a phone or laptop. I carry this general “rule” out of home too, and try to limit the time on devices when in the presence of others. Because lets be honest, there is nothing worse than trying to have a conversation with someone who has their eyes glued to their phone.
To be honest, I have never really thought too hard about how the environment around me affects my experience with digital media, but I have a feeling that #BCM240 will open my eyes to a lot of new ideas and questions.