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Web Media – Media Diary

Wednesday 30th November 20115:30 AM -6:05 AM Wake to clock radio tuned to ABC Radio National. Listen to (the BBC produced) My Music and the 6 o’clock news before turning it off and getting up.
Media type(s): AM radio.

6:15 AM -7:00 AM Go on the internet via laptop. Check emails, read through RSS feeds (and click on a selection to check out the full article – save some of these to hard drive), general internet browsing in between these activities, and downloading large files (eg YouTube videos) in background (since I am on limited broadband, and such downloads need to be done in ‘off-peak’ times to stay under my data limit).
Media type(s): Email, RSS, web pages, image, video – all mediated by the internet via a computer-based web browser.

7:30 AM -8:00 AM After breakfast go through the files downloaded earlier – read the articles, watch videos etc. This is done with the internet disconnected in order to limit distractions. Also read some unit readings via PDF files on the laptop.
Media type(s): Web pages, videos, images – mediated via a computer-based web browser, and PDF files via PDF reader software.

9:10 AM -8:40 AM Walk to the shops to do the grocery shopping. Media overload there and back so that it’s impossible to detail everything. A summary: traffic signs, traffic lights, slogans and stickers on vehicles, advertising on vehicles and buses, advertising banners and signs along highway, sensory overload in supermarket (advertising, product placement, signage, price tags, muzak, number of products, colours, lighting, packaging etc).
Media type(s): Print advertising, sound, symbols.

8:40 AM -11:30 AM Listen to ABC Radio National – overlapping with following items and mainly in the background in case something interesting comes on.
Media type(s): AM radio.

9:10 AM -10:00 AM Further reading of PDF unit readings on computer (internet still disconnected)
Media type(s): PDF files via PDF reader software.

10:00 AM -11:30 AM Internet connected again and browsing various sites, reading regularly visited websites, going through Blackboard discussion postings, RSS and email.
Media type(s): Email, RSS, web pages, image, forum mediated by the internet via a computer-based web browser.

1:00 PM -2:00 PM Watch The Equalizer on commercial digital TV. Leave the room to do other things, or channel surf, during ad breaks.
Media type(s): digital television.

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Listen to ABC Classic FM – overlapping with following item.
Media type(s): FM radio.

3:00 PM -4:00 PM Check RSS feeds, email, internet browsing, and online news again.
Media type(s): Email, RSS, web pages, image mediated by the internet via a computer-based web browser.

4:00 PM -5:00 PM Listen to an audio book on CD (The Call of Cthulhu).
Media type(s): Audio CD.

5:00 PM -6:00 PM Listen to an album of Dvorak symphonies ripped from CD to MP3 on the laptop while going through further unit PDF readings.
Media type(s): MP3 audio, PDF.

7:25 PM -8:00 PM After a media free break for dinner and other things, continue to listen to MP3 album on the laptop and reading unit PDF readings.
Media type(s): MP3 audio, PDF.

8:00 PM -9:00 PM Watch Outnumbered and QI on ABC1 TV.
Media type(s): Free to air television.

9:00 PM -10:00 PM Listen to the Nightlife Quiz on ABC local radio prior to falling asleep.
Media type(s): AM radio.

Summary
I like to be in control of my media interactions (hence the deliberate act of disconnecting from the internet at times to reduce distractions) and limit multitasking (though I often have the radio or music on at the same time as doing other things, and regularly have multiple browser pages open). I prefer music and radio to television, and spend more time listening to traditional media than watching traditional media.

There are a number of omissions here: I do not own a mobile phone (let alone a smart one) or an MP3 player (though I have a portable radio). I am not on Facebook so there’s no time lost to that, relying on email or (landline) telephone, and face to face contact, for my social interactions.

The time spent on various media for the 24 hour period (hours, minutes) is:

AM radio: 3h25m
FM radio: 2h
Total radio: 5h25m

Digital TV: 1h
Free to air TV: 1h
Total TV: 2h

Internet activities: 4h35m

MP3: 1h35m

PDF: 2h55m

Environmental advertising while shopping: 30m

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