Blog 4 – Are Cell Phones, the Internet, and Social Media taking over TV?

The internet and social media have flourished over the last 40 years and exponentially in the past 20 years.

Look at how far we’ve come!

During Expo 1967, I recall visiting a kiosk where they had a landline telephone. When you made a call from the landline, you could see your face reflected on a monitor screen in front of you. I recall thinking to myself we would, in the not-so-distant future, walk around with a portable phone and be able to see the person we were talking to from their phone. Fast forward several decades later, that insight has become a reality.

From Audio to Video

After Alexander Graham Bell discovered the telephone in 1876, research and development into a portable videophone became his focus. Although he had the intuitive idea and insight on how it should function, he never achieved that dream. Others eventually forged ahead with this idea. This notion progressed into the invention of television.  Subsequently, a video conference from a landline phone

Evolution of television 1920-2020

with a video camera combination came about. According to Wikipedia, it would seem that the first portable videophone created by a Japanese company in 1983 came on the market sometime around 1986. This portable videophone could be attached to a television monitor for clearer video reception. For more detailed facts about the advancement of television and telephone (landlines, vehicular, and portable units), check out this great article. Approximately 25 years later, around 2010 facetime, (portable video conferencing) became available.

Black & white television – Pexels by Andre Moura

Fast forward to 2021, we can now watch television programs, movies, documentaries, have two-way or group video chats, send and receive email communication, text messaging all on our smartphones, tablets, and personal computers, instantaneously.

Zoom group call – Pexels by Anna Shvets

How much more can we expect?

We live in an electronic world. Television manufacturers are continuously improving visual and sound quality to make their units more attractive and enticing to consumers. You can purchase ambient televisions that morph into your background wall color, while others are as thin as a credit card or roll out of a cabinet, and some even double-sided. A large screen television gives you the feeling like you could step into it and partake in the program. Television stations and manufacturers have inter-married their products with electronic devices, having all sorts of streaming capabilities. With all of this available technology, people are multi-tasking. We are obsessed with television, all the while scrolling through our portable phones or tablets. We have become enslaved to television, never letting go of the remote, and constantly surfing stations – it is an addiction. We are tech addicts. Television is not going anywhere in the near future.

TV and hand holding remote – Pexels by JESHOOTS.com

What’s your thought on this? Do you think that TV will become a dinosaur and alternately replaced by social media, cell phones, and the internet?

REFERENCES:

Will the internet replace TV? | Trigger Happy Remote

Why the Internet Is About to Replace TV as the Most Important Source of News – The Atlantic

History of Mobile Cell Phones | The First Phone To Present Time (bebusinessed.com)

History of videotelephony – Wikipedia

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Benefits of homeschooling (COM0011 – Blog Post #4)

Unlike most people I have never attended traditional school, I was educated at home. In this post I am going to go over some of the many benefits of being homeschooled.

 

But first I want to list just a few famous homeschoolers you might recognize

 

Benefits of homeschooling

 

  • It allows for a flexible school schedule

Having a flexible schedule for school allowed me to have a job during school hours as I could do my homework when ever I had time, Much like this course.

  • It can be tailored to accommodate children with different learning styles

As it is one-on-one teaching the parent can tailor the school work to accommodate each child’s learning styles. It also allows parents to work with children with Learning disability such as ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia, etc.

  • It prepares you for college

Homeschooled students tend to adjust more quickly to the college setting, because they are used to an independent study atmosphere and to asking questions of adults.


A few years ago CBC News did a story about homeschooling in my area. They talk about the different styles of homeschooing as well as some benefits of homeschooling.

To end this post I am going to leave you with 2 videos from one of my favorite YouTube channels Blimey Cow.

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References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_homeschooled_people

http://exodusmandate.org/?page_id=1331

Living with dyslexia (COM0011 – Blog Post #3)

  • Alexander Graham Bell – inventor and scientist.
  • Tom Cruise – Actor.
  • Leonardo da Vinci – Artist and inventor.
  • Steve Jobs – co-founder of Apple Inc.
  • Tim Tebow – American football player.
  • Thomas Edison – Inventor.
  • Albert Einstein – Scientist and mathematician.
  • Henry Ford – Ford motor cars.
  • Jay Leno –  talk show host and comedian.
  • And many more.

I have something in common with all of them, We all have dyslexia.

Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that mainly affects the way people read and spell words.

Being dyslexic I have trouble with spelling and grammar, Those with dyslexia can have difficulties with spelling, Reading, Rhyming and discerning left and right to name a few.

The use of technology such as text to speech helps when spelling words I have difficulties with. To read more about assertive technology check out this article Assertive technology for dyslexia.

Dyslexia has its weaknesses, But it also has its advantages.

  • Dyslexics often enjoy and excel at solving puzzles.
  • Dyslexics have excellent thinking skills in the areas of conceptualization, reason, imagination, and abstraction.
  • Dyslexics have a strong ability to see concepts with a “big picture” perspective.
  • Dyslexics are adept to excellence in areas not dependent on reading.
  • Dyslexics tend to be more curious, creative, and intuitive than average.
  • Dyslexics’ special mode of thought easily produces the gift of mastery.
  • Dyslexia is not related to low intelligence.

– See more at: http://athome.readinghorizons.com/blog/50-interesting-facts-about-dyslexia

In this TEDxYouth video Piper Otterbein talks about Overcoming Dyslexia And Finding your Passion.

I am going to end this post with a quote by Albert Einstein that I think is fitting.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

References

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_diagnosed_with_dyslexia)

(http://www.dyslexia.ie/information/general-information-about-dyslexia/famous-people-with-dyslexia/)

(http://athome.readinghorizons.com/blog/50-interesting-facts-about-dyslexia)

(http://coloradocommunitymedia.com/stories/Dyslexia-Brain-Differences-and-Cognitive-Skill-Weaknesses,55654)