“Is America at a digital turning point?”

USC Annenberg’s Center for the Digital Future released a study which “creates a portrait of the American user of the Internet reaping the benefits of online activity, while at the same time paying a tremendous price in the form of time, privacy, and well-being.” Honestly, I’m not very surprised by these findings, but still find it interesting to look at this dialectical relationship of love/hate towards the Internet and new digital media. I’m sure guilty of continually being fascinated and frustrated by the nature of online media. But as a fan of most things media, sometimes it is so refreshing to “log out” and enjoy the non-virtual reality around me. Although, as my course, and life, continues to remind me – everything is mediated! So, maybe we just have to embrace and evolve within the digital present and future? We shall see…

Read a summary of the report here (link to full report included)


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