Ok so I was just perusing the internet for awhile while being in snowed in and I started to think about the new/new new media world we live in. Something occurred to me. Everyone says that the new new media offers information and connectivity and many other different essential kinds of perks to the user. I began thinking about how much of the time we use the new new media strictly to keep ourselves entertained. With the glut of new gadgets we have such as cell phones, blackberries, ipods, and wireless internet virtually everywhere, we are always connected. It seems as though most of the time we are not using these technologies for information gathering or anything essential but merely to pass some time.
How many times do we get stuck on busses or waiting on lines somewhere and the first thing we do is to whip out a phone and start surfing through internet pages. Even though we say its for more useful purposes, the constantly available new new media just keeps us busy most of the time. I would venture to say that the amount of media at our disposal and on-demand lifestyle has, to a large degree, made society incapable of not being entertained for extended periods of time and additionally has most likely cause the spans of our atention to suffer. Anyone have any thoughts?