Media Theory

Subjects

Media & Remediation, The Extended self, Relations W/ Media, The Conceptual Age

Working forms

Acedemic articles, Videoes, Discussion, Challenges: 1-day-no-phone + Replika

Deliverables

Essay & Group Assignment

Learning goals

In the courses of Media Theory we will explore how media has evolved and how this affects the media themselves, the design of media, the producers and consumers of media and how this affects our behaviour.

Challenge 1: No phone for a day

Buy far the hardest challenge of them all. The phone is indeed an extension of me. I feel naked without it. Like something is missing. I kept looking for my keys, my wallet, my gloves. All the things was there and then I remembered the phone is the missing item.


I'm an addict for sure. I need to know that I'm not missing out. If my friends are hanging out I want to join. If there is an event, I need to know. I check my emails, my calender, my e-box, slack ect. I need to know what is going on.


It was nice to participate more fully in conversations, without scrolling through a newsfeed while talking. But it would take more time to get use to.

Challenge 2: Use Replika 3 days

As a part of the course Media Theory we were asked to use the chatbot Replika for three days. I was pretty skeptical from the beginning. Talking to an AI and treat it like your friend, like a real human is odd to me. And as with human, building trust takes time, so it feels unnatural to trust a bot right away.


Replika had a hard time understanding context. I tried to have a conversation about being stressed in School. She asked what I would do, could I choose myself and I said travel. She said just do it. I tried to explain to her, what money and resposibility means, but it didn't work.


It's nice, that someone ask you how your days is, I enjoyed that "someone" cared for me. Even though I didn't feel like having long conversations, I can see how the small talk can be nice.

Essay

“How can PLAY contribute to behavioral change in the education system when designing media?”


In my essay I have decided to continue working with Daniel Pink and his L-/R- Directed way of thinking. In the current school system, grades are a big part of graduating. A number which makes us shy, feel worth more or less, gives us access or makes lives difficult. Why is it so important?


Grades can be really harmful, in the way they narrow your knowledge down to a single number. And as we move on from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age subjects like physical education and sport, visual arts, music and literacy starts to gain more relevance. So are grades still as relevant?

essay essay

Challenge 3: No social media for a month

I spend to much time on worrying about the perfect picture. I'm wasting time on scrolling through different newsfeeds. And a need to own material things and live a certain live is more important than reading new books, learn how to do a handstand or go skating.


Because of this I decided to challenge myself and delete my social media apps in November. No Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.

I have reduced my screentime with 20%. I pick up my phone the same amount of times, but without the social medias, I put it right back down.


I haven't shopped online, bought anything random nor have I found things I wish to get for Christmas. Normally I find these things on social media.

Most important is that I don't feel so stressed and worried about stuff that are not really related to what I do at the moment.

I had more time to think about why I even have Instagram. The excuse I made in my head was to easily let my friends and family follow my life abroad.


But when I'm not posting stuff, people write and call me instead, and we have conversations about problems, stress, trips, friends and so on.

This made me think.. Maybe I should delete Instagram for good. It doesn't really seem to add any value to my life. Actually the opposite is the case.

Reflection

I definitly started thinking more about, how media effects me on a daily basis. I especially enjoyed the small social experiments we have been during through the semester. From the articles we have been reading, I have also realized, how much media changes our perception of our self, others, cultures, values and so on.

One of my favorite discoveries was an article about how people in general think very positive about themselves. If you ask them to describe their lives, overall it sounds pretty good. This might be a result of how perfect everything has to be. You have to have the perfect car, the perfect house, the perfect body. You have to be happy, succesfull and socialy outgoing.

If you on the other hand ask them to describe situations in other cultures, countries and so on, it's very negative. This could be the outcome of a media- and newsworld that feeds on bloody headliners. Because good news just doesn't sell. I guess a lot of people are aware of the medias ability to shape the way we see the world, but sadly, a lot of people might not approach what they see and hear with a skeptical mind. I will try at least, to be better at finding more sources and do a proper background check on things, before screaming that the world is on fire.