William Polking replied to Molly Schrader's discussion The Distraction of Media
"A famous poet wrote nearly a century ago that we are "distracted from distraction by distraction"—that seems many students and adults' permanent waking mode now."
Apr 13
William Polking replied to Stacey Rosener's discussion Facebook blog post
"I also agree with Ben, and we are not that far off already. Facebook is Ground Zero for this ad encroachment."
Apr 13
William Polking replied to Molly Riesselman's discussion Online "Save the Date"
"Same issue with graduation parties. I don't consider being invited on Facebook being invited, but I'm sure younger people do. So I'm with your mom on this one."
Apr 13
William Polking replied to Ben Becker's discussion Season 3 of The Flash
"And why do you think that is? Is it the narrative pull of television and movies, the need for stories?"
Apr 13
William Polking replied to leslie luft's discussion Black Mirror
"Black Mirror is an entire series about the negative effects of technology on our culture, and thus a perfect match for Media Literacy."
Apr 13
William Polking replied to Elizabeth Neal's discussion Blog Post
"The meme-ification of social media. Soon all of human communication will be emojis and memes."
Apr 4
William Polking replied to Anna Schultes's discussion 10 o'clock news
"This is one of the reasons I do not watch local news anymore (another is that I am rarely still awake at 10:00 p.m.)."
Apr 4
William Polking replied to Megan Schieffer's discussion 13 Reasons
"This is on my list to watch once school ends--I simply won't have time before that. I'm intrigued that they took the book to a 13 episode Netflix series rather than a standalone film--I can see this being done with my books, and in particular young…"
Apr 4
William Polking replied to Ben Becker's discussion Wrestlemania 33
"My brother and I watched wrestling zealously in our youth. Now I have no interest in it, possibly because my interests have changed, possibly because things that I am more interested in are now more widely available for my viewing pleasure."
Apr 4
William Polking replied to Molly Riesselman's discussion Third Person Effect on Twitter
"Excellent point, Molly. Negative news bias can feel overwhelming, but that doesn't mean that the only news we need is "cute" and "win" stories."
Mar 31
William Polking replied to Jeffrey Tait's discussion News location
"Good awareness--you will also notice this with sports telecasts. In particular, for national telecasts, during quarter and halftime breaks (when viewers often go to the bathroom, go get food, check to see if their children have set the house on fire…"
Mar 31
William Polking posted a discussion
Please post your article response as a reply to this discussion. That response needs to be posted by class time on Thursday, April 6. My response should be used as a model for structure and length.
Use the following prompts as part of your response:…
Mar 29
William Polking replied to Arjeta Veliu's discussion How hard it has become to post.
"Interesting post, and as Ben noted, very meta. The supposed perfectionism of Instagram is often used as a causal factor in the popularity of Snapchat, but now I wonder if Snap stories haven't taken away some of the spontaneity and evanescence that m…"
Mar 29
William Polking replied to Ben Becker's discussion Emojis: The Death Knell of Communication in Western Civilization
"I enjoy emojis, though I rarely use them myself (and most of the time I use them ironically). I do worry about how they might affect the written language of younger generations, but as an alternate "sign system," I find them intriguing."
Mar 29
William Polking replied to Ben Becker's discussion Infowars
"Hasn't Infowars reached a level of popularity that it itself is now is part of the news narrative?"
Mar 29
William Polking replied to Jeffrey Tait's discussion Is News Really News
"News is rarely just news anymore. We as a culture demand to be entertained, and thus everything becomes entertainment. Look at the pressures on schools to also be entertaining and engaging. I argue this is all related."
Mar 24
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