Media Diary

Posted: October 8, 2010 in Media

This is my media life in the past 3 days summed up and simplified.

Day Time Medium What Where
Wednesday 10:00 Television Top Gear on Dave 60 minutes Home
Wednesday 10:45 Email Check Email 15 minutes Phone/home
Wednesday 11:00 Facebook Checked Facebook 30 minutes Home
Wednesday 11:30 Spotify Listened to music (selection of genres) 30 minutes Home
Wednesday 12:00 Television Watched News 24 headlines 20 minutes Home
Wednesday 12:30 Magazine Read Ski and Snowboard 30 minutes Home
Wednesday 1:00 Television Watched Scrubs on e4 60 minutes Home
Wednesday 1:00 Book Read The Media Students Book 45 minutes Home
Wednesday 2:00 Facebook Checked Facebook 30 minutes Home
Wednesday 2:30 Blog Checked and uploaded posts to my blog 45 minutes Home
Wednesday 3:15 Email Check email 5 minutes Home
Wednesday 3:20 DVD Watched Big Bang theory 180 minutes Home
Wednesday 5:00 Facebook Checked Facebook 10 minutes Phone/home
Wednesday 5:30 Newspaper Read the days edition of the independent 60 minutes Home
Wednesday 8:30 Email Checked Email 10 minutes Pub
Wednesday 10:00 DVD Watched Role Models 100 minutes Home
Thursday 9:00 Ipod Listened to music (hoosiers/owl city) 40 minutes Bus
Thursday 10:45 Email Checked Email 5 minutes Town/Phone
Thursday 11:00 Facebook Checked Facebook 5 minutes University/phone
Thursday 2:30 Newspaper Read the daily edition of the independent 60 minutes Bus/Home
Thursday 5:00 DVD Watched Chuck 60 minutes Home
Thursday 6:00 Television Watched BBC news 30 minutes Home
Thursday 6:30 Television Watched Scrubs 60 minutes Home
Thursday 7:30 Facebook Check Facebook 30 minutes Home
Thursday 8:15 Email Checked and sent emails 15 minutes Home
Thursday 8:30 Newspaper Finished reading the daily edition of the independent 30 minutes Home
Thursday 9:00 Film Watched Harold and Kumar 80 minutes Home
Thursday 10:30 Magazine Read Ski and Snowboard 15 minutes Home
Thursday 10:30 DVD Watched Big Bang theory 60 minutes Home
Thursday 11:35 DVD Watched Family Guy 40 minutes Home
Thursday 11:45 Email Checked Email 5 minutes Home/Phone
Thursday 11:50 Facebook Checked Facebook 5 minutes Home/Phone
Friday 11:00 Ipod Listened to music (various artists) 30 minutes Home
Friday 11:10 Email Checked Email 10 minutes Home/Phone
Friday 11:30 Facebook Checked Facebook 10 minutes Home/Phone
Friday 11:30 Television Watched Commonwealth Games BBC1 30 minutes Home
Friday 12:00 PS3 Played Assassins Creed 2 60 minutes Home
Friday 1:05 Television Watched Scrubs E4 60 minutes Home
Friday 2:15 Magazine Read PlayStation official Magazine 30 minutes Home
Friday 2:30 Email Checked Email 5 minutes Home/Phone
Friday 3:00 Youtube Surfed Youtube Videos 30 minutes Home
Friday 3:30 Online News Read news articles on theindependent.co.uk 20 minutes Home
Friday 3:50 Online News Read news articles online at BBC.co.uk/news 25 minutes Home
Friday 4:15 BBC iplayer Watched Top gear on iplayer 50 minutes Home
Friday 5:00 Email Checked Email 5 minutes Home
Friday 5:05 Facebook Check Facebook 30 minutes Home
Friday 5:45 DVD Watched Big Bang Theory 90 minutes Home
Friday 6:15 PS3 Played Assassins Creed 30 minutes Home
Friday 7:00 Book Read Tony Blair’s memoirs 30 minutes Home
Friday 7:00 Ipod Listened to music (hoosiers) 30 minutes Home
Friday 7:30 Television Watched 4 Music top twenty 30 minutes Home
Friday 7:45 Facebook Checked Facebook 10 minutes Home/Phone
Friday 8:00 Music Listened to Music 10 minutes Car
Friday 9:00 Facebook Checked Facebook 10 minutes Pub/Phone
Friday 9:30 Music Listened to Music 10 minutes Car
Friday 10:00 Film Watched Ferris Bueller’s day off 100 minutes Home
Friday 12:00 DVD Watched Family Guy 40 minutes Home

On top of all the forms of media summed up in the above table I have sent and received numerous texts over the past three days. Almost all of these texts have been sent to and have come from the same person. There were simply too many texts to list them all in the diary as the table would have been far too long. As such I have included this little note to inform you that texting is a major part of my media experience every day.

After reviewing my Media Diary I can safely say the majority of my Media experience comes from watching TV. This doesn’t surprise me as I often watch TV while doing other tasks like University work or reading. Normally I would expect to see more Music or reading in my diary but I found myself swapping music for TV while I worked and lost reading time to do more writing so there is nothing overly surprising when I look back. If someone was to read my diary they would be able to make a safe and correct conclusion that my favourite sport is skiing and that I indulge a little bit of time most days to reading up on and researching changes in the sport. The readers would also be able to see that I take journalism, at least in the written form, seriously and that I like to read what are known as ‘real’ newspapers compared to more popular tabloid papers. All in all this diary is representative of my normal media experience.

If I was to compare my diary to one taken by someone my age 10 years ago the main difference I would expect between them would be an absence of so many internet mediums due to the fact that 10 years ago the internet was less widely available. I would imagine that 10 years ago someone my age would have listened to more radio or CD players for their music as i Pods were not around at that time. I would also expect to see fewer digital channels like e4 as freeview didn’t start until 7 or 8 years ago and sky was less widely used compared to modern day. Because of this i would expect to see more terrestrial channels and maybe overall less TV being watched on a day to day basis. Instead I may expect to see more radio or CD’s being listened to as music fills the void of TV. I could also expect to see this void filled by the medium of books or magazines.

If I was to compare my diary to one from someone 100 years ago one immediate difference would of course be the complete lack of TV or internet mediums 100 years ago. Instead I would expect to see more newspapers being read and more radio being listened too as these were the only way to know anything happening in the country or the world as a whole and as such were more widespread than they were after news became available 24/7 with the invention of TV and more importantly the invention of digital TV that gave news like sky and the BBC their own channels allowing them to broadcast throughout the day. I may also expect to see plays or public gatherings (I.e. Town meetings) in this diary as they were popular social events that brought communities together. Entertainment and media was more social 100 years ago with whole communities gathering to talk about problems in their area. Plays were more popular during this time and were considered the movies of the period with many people flocking to see the latest play.

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