I was sleepily perusing Facebook this morning while drinking my first cup of coffee for the day. An old friend of mine from Michigan posted a link to an NPR sound clip titled Stop Me Before I Facebook, about a software that Mac users can download to prevent themselves from getting to social media sites. Lo and behold, a familiar voice! It’s my blogging instructor, Kathy Gill, talking about why social media is so addicting.
Is it just me, or is digital media shrinking the world? :)
This past week, NPR’s Science Friday re-aired their very first radio internet broadcast from 1993. This was really fun and interesting to listen to. Since the internet was in its infancy at that time, everyone in the broadcast is amazed by it’s capabilities and how it connects people from around the world. We definitely take this for granted nowadays!
Also interesting was a quick discussion about how the internet was used during the dissolution of the Soviet Union. David Hanson, a professor of Russian politics called the internet “addicting” because ” waiting for published journal articles [was] too great a penalty.”