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Is Technology Impacting The Way We Communicate?

Technology is all around us; phones, computers, tablets, the list could go on forever. These devices impact our lives a lot, especially the way we communicate with others.

communication timeline

Communication Timeline (2015)

As you can see in the timeline above the way we communicate has come a long way.  From smoke signals to mobile phones, the goal of communication has not changed, we still want to communicate a message. Technology has influenced the way we communicate massively, by using electronic device. By using these devices; computers, tablets and smartphones, we are able communicate instantaneously with other people.

But is the impact of technology on communication only having positive outcomes? Sherry Turkle, a highly acclaimed professor at MIT , has spent the last 30 years researching the psychology of people’s relationships with technology. In 2012 she conducted a TED talk on how technology is redefining how we communicate with each other.  She states the devices that we have in our lives ‘don’t only change what we do, they change who we are’ (Sherry Turkle, 2012). She addresses the negative and positive aspects of how we use technology to communicate. The full video can be watched below.

Technology has positively influenced the way that I communicate with friends and family that live around the world. We are able to send messages and call each other whenever we like. It has made keeping in touch easier and we are able to update each other on what is happening without having to wait to see each other in person.


Cenere, P., Gill, R., Lawson, C., & Lewis, M. (2015). Communication skills for business professionals. Cambridge University Press.

Turkle, S. (2012, February). Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone? [Video Podcast] TED Talk. Retrieved from


Week 3 – Introduction

Part 1

Hi guys,

This is my second term using this blog, I did a Media Writing class last year and the blog was our main assessment. I will change the tabs around so there will be an option to click on this class or the other…

I am currently in second term of my first year of a Bachelor of Digital Media. With the course Professional Communication I hope to broaden my communication skills. Having worked in the hospitality industry for the past six years I know how important communication between employees is, and how miscommunication can often be disastrous.

Part 2

Our unit coordinator, Lyn Costigan made our orientation video engaging and explained everything in a manner that was relatable and understandable. The orientation video was concise, and covered everything from the weekly lessons to how the forums work. Lyn explained that the course put an emphasis on research, referencing, writing, speaking clearly and knowing what mediums to use. These skills will be used not only at University, but in the workplace as well. It is important to have a copy of the text book either the e-text or hard copy, it is required for tasks and assessments. Lyn suggested that students should check their emails regularly and log into the moodle site each week to go through the weekly tasks and watch presentations. The orientation video then went on to explain the different forums and what to use them for.


  1. Essay or Blog Script
    • 1500 words
    • due – 21/4/17 – 6:00pm
  2. Blog
    • 1000-1500 words
    • due – 19/5/17 – 6:00pm
  3. Group Report
    • 2000 words or 10-15 minute recorded presentation
    • due – 5/6/17 – 6:00pm

Practical: Review your blog.

I received feedback from my tutor, Aaron, and he suggested that I work on my grammatical errors and punctuation.

I also noticed a couple of errors with style and punctuation that we can work on in class.

I also noticed a couple of grammatical errors. Remember to read over your work, again and again and again.

Throughout the past six weeks, I have been proofreading my work a lot more. And therefore picking up mistakes that I usually would have missed. I have enjoyed using a blog (for the first time) for an course, as I think it shows a journey throughout the term.

Technical: There is no quiz this week!

Eleven quizzes down and 100% on each! That is a pretty good feeling.

I think the quizzes were a great learning tool, they made sure that we were on track by testing our knowledge on a certain chapter of the text.

The quizzes that I found hardest were ; quiz 4 (reporting speech) and quiz 3 (grammar: 10 common mistakes). Not only did I find these the hardest, but if I recall correctly I attempted the quizzes without reading the text first. Which was obviously a mistake, as all the answers lie inside the text.

I must admit I never received a perfect score on the first attempt…three weeks in a row I received 7/10 on every first attempt. The easiest quizzes would have to be Punctuation. There were two weeks worth, and I think by the end of both I had a firm understanding of where I should put a full stop!

The Media Writing course has improved my writing capabilities immensely. I think, that not only my grammar, but my writing style has developed over the courses duration. To be honest I was a little nervous about starting this course, I thought that I would not enjoy it one bit. I also thought that my marks would be horrible. Proved me wrong! This would have to be my favourite course this term, and one of my best marks.

A Reflection.

What have you learned this term?

This has been my first term of university, and wow, I couldn’t have thought of a better class to take than Media Writing. It has taught (or re-taught) me the basics that I have quickly forgotten since high school.
What did you find most beneficial about the course?

The text English For Journalists has been the most valuable text book I think I have ever purchased. It not only covers the fundamentals of grammar and spelling, but it does so in a way that is engaging. The most valuable part of the course for me would be reading through the text book, and being able to apply what I have read to my work.


What was most challenging?

The biggest challenge that I faced was proofreading my work. I know that I have made many little mistakes throughout the term. Having the buddy system in place, where other students proofread your work and comment, was really helpful.
Has the course changed the way you practice or think about media writing? How/why not?

I believe I have come a long way since the start of the term. The text book English for Journalists will definitely have a permanent position on my desk, so I can easily refer to it. The course has definitely changed the way I think about media writing. Now when I read an article online I am able to apply what I have learnt during this course and ‘critique’ the article.

Practical: Rewrite.

A woman, believed to be in her 30s, was caught under the train at Eagle Junction railway station just after 12pm Wednesday.

Emergency services reportedly freed the woman at 12.55pm.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the woman is currently conscious and has lower leg injuries, as four fire crews continue their rescue efforts.

QAS said the woman was taken to the Royal Brisbane Hospital in a serious condition.

The incident is said to affect the flow on rail commuters travelling through the region, with Airport and Doomben trains experiencing delays of up to 40 minutes.

Police said they are treating the incident as one of self-harm.

Inquiry: Week 11

What are the problems with the article? 

The structure of the news article is repetitive and clearly out-of-order. Throughout the article it is evident that the article may have been updated, but with no time stamps it is hard to tell.

Does it meet the guidelines for reporting self-harm? 

Mind Frame says ‘the media has an important role to play in shaping and reinforcing social attitudes towards, and perceptions of, suicide and mental illness.’

It is recommended that pages should limit promo on of public memorials, including online memorial pages. Because inadvertently pages should not reinforce suicide as a desired outcome for people at risk of suicide.

Reporters should try and reduce the prominence of the story. This is based on research suggesting stories of self-harm attract the attention of people vulnerable to act in the same way, increasing their risk of attempts.


I believe that the article has met the guidelines for reporting self-harm.



Hicks, W 2013, English for journalists: twentieth anniversary edition, Routledge, Oxon.

Mindframe National Media Initiative 2014, Reporting suicide: a quick guide for the media, viewed 21 September 2016,