Molly Cason

I ❤ my media because it basically serves as my own personal memory file that I am not personally responsible for remembering, if that makes any sense at all. People today do not have to worry about trying to remember important parts of their life or wish that they could go back to a certain time or event, because they most likely can now. A friend posts on your facebook wall saying how much fun he or she had with you last night, or a picture is posted from a big event and everyone else in the picture is tagged. When I am older, I won’t constantly ask myself the question, “What was her name?” as my mom so often does when telling a story. My generation can simply get on facebook, look up the picture from that specific name and see everyone who was there. The most amazing part is you don’t even have to be the one personally uploading the memories at all. For example, I went to a Dave Matthews concert this summer, and in the encore Dave went over to the side of the stage I was at, climbed onto the side with the giant tv for the people in the back to see, and started dancing. I was trying to explain what had happened to a friend the very next day. I decided to see if any youtube videos were posted of it, and there were hundreds posted within 24 hours of the event actually happening. I have one of the videos bookmarked now, and can relive the experience I had any time I want through a video posted by someone I had never met.

 

*sidenote: the fact that youtube didn’t show up as a misspelled word on my computer surprised me. It’s a good way to show the role of media getting even larger.

Why I love my media..

I love my media because it marks who I am and where I have been. Last spring, I studied abroad in Italy and traveled all around Europe for 5 months. It was truly one of the best experiences in my life and I was able to document my trip through various photographs and videos. I saved these memories onto my computer and when I returned home I was able to scroll through and re-expeirence everything all over again. The moment I realized that I really do love my media is when I accidentally dropped my computer and the hard-drive had potentially crashed. I had not used an external hard drive to backup and the computer experts were certain I had lost everything. Fortunately, after many weeks of waiting and “DriveSavers” working on my computer, I was able to retain everything! I have never been so thankful for a piece of media. That moment is when I realized how much I love my media and what it can do for me. (Shawn Stierwalt, 9/13/2011)