Many of you conducted conversations with your parents for your posts this week. Although the arrival of the Internet was not remembered as a punctuated event, it is a welcome addition to most homes. For their generation and your own it was fairly unanimous, that in order to maintain friendships and the desired lifestyle, a household needs the Internet coursing through its veins.
Several conversations included comments on the despair and the inconvenience that not being able to be connected creates. Nyssa noted that her mother is so media savvy that :
“Because she has become so addicted/dependent on the internet, she admits that to lose connection is beyond frustrating. Similar to if she was to lose access to the phone or TV.”
Reflecting on her mother’s and her own media practice Ellenie noted:
“If we go somewhere and don’t have internet access our lives sadly seem to fall apart.”
On the other hand, you don’t necessarily miss what you don’t have. Sophie’s interview with Mary revealed that the connectivity in her home is so poor that setting up the wifi related features on the smart TV is pointless. She is resigned to making the best of what she has:
“We are pretty simple people really, we don’t need fancy internet or smart TV’s at the moment. We are happy the way we are”
Television watching in relation to being connected surfaced quite often. Danielle chatted with her mum and really thought about this:
“I can watch live TV from my computer anywhere I want to through my Macbook, wireless internet, and even using the internet data from my smart phone when wireless isn’t available. I can watch a wide range of movies from subscription services such as Netflix, Stan, Presto and many more. I can also watch endless amount of videos on Youtube.”
Similarly, Tahlia found that connectivity improved the ease and experience of watching:
“The development of the Internet and smart TV’s has allowed them to be used together to create an even better entertainment experience.”
“The development hasn’t meant that we spend less time together it has meant that the way we spend I time together at night-time has changed.”
Gianna’s thoughts were very in sync:
“We all still like to watch TV together.”
“Sometimes we just like to be together no matter if we are watching a show that not everyone likes.”
Mia observed the frustration of live television access now being packaged with internet service providers. Audiences are being nudged to use service providers in order to be able to watch the sports they love such as premier league football.
Emily’s interview with her grandmother turned up some delightful detail on the internet experience of a different generation and in a farming community. Her nanna’s favourite things about the internet were:
“I get to see you all the time, look at the YouTube, get the answers to the crossword, and as you stay, stalk my grandchildren.”
This quote flattened generations in my mind. Thanks again for the enjoyable reads you shared on your blogs this week. It’s really been a pleasure.