Saturday, in which I come full circle.

December 5, 2010

I may have been up till about 4:30 a.m. playing Demon’s Souls last night. I only bring it up as a hypothetical situation, of course. If I had been, it was probably because I was dying a whole lot and far too stubborn to quit.

Again, just saying if I had been. Not confirming anything.

At any rate, I got up today at about 1 p.m. Not having to rush off to school today, I fell back into my normal routine of checking my news apps and various social media. You know the drill by now.

It was a beautiful day, and various things had kept me from running throughout the week, so I was anxious to go out and remedy that. I got sidelined by a phone call from my father, but after about a half-hour I was out running my usual path and listening to the usual music.

When I got back, I had lunch while reading the gaming blogs. I came across a story that a reader of this blog may be interested in. I won’t name any names, since I’m all about Internet privacy nowadays.

I contemplated working on putting Wednesday’s presentation online, since I know that needs to be done within a week’s time of presenting, but the thought of opening Powerpoint again so soon honestly made me want to jump out the window. So I didn’t.

I watched some new Youtube videos instead and also followed up on some Twitter links, including this.

And people wonder why there’s a 24-hour news cycle. It’s because our world is completely bonkers.

After some time, I prepared dinner and chose to watch an episode of House online. It was amusing, as it usually is, but I’m beginning to feel the show is running long in the tooth. Still, it’s one of the few TV programs I will occasionally remember to check up on, so I guess that says something. Like that I’m easily entertained.

I went back to Demon’s Souls in the evening and sank even more time. Since it’s so hard and so easy to die, it’s a game that rewards cautious and deliberate game play. Which means there are no such things as short sessions.

At least that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it.

As midnight crept up on me, I opened Word to write this up. If it feels abbreviated, it’s only because I know I need to add some sort of synopsis on the week and reveal any and all startling revelations.

And that startling revelation is…

uh…

I am way too long-winded on these posts?

When we started, I stated that I was pretty aware of my media usage habits. I think there’s a number of reasons for this. As I mentioned, I am student of mass communication. We talk about media all the time, so it tends to be at the forefront of my mind. This is also the semester I started writing my thesis, of which the uses and gratifications of media has been the backbone. So, this isn’t a subject that’s easily escaped from.

I’m also a pretty simple guy with a simple life and simple pleasures. It’s who I’ve always been.

So, just from the outset of knowing that I don’t watch TV and I don’t listen to the radio, there’s not a whole lot of ways for me to consume media. It’s pretty much all online for me, save the few exceptions of physical media such as newspapers (of which I only read The Alligator this week) or video games. The only book I read this week was my textbook for Electronic Publishing.

In terms of my news media, I’ve already professed a love of apps for the iPod. It combines all the convenience and portability of the newspaper with the up-to-date nature of online media. It’s a little less ideal for watching video-related coverage, but still perfectly serviceable.

For entertainment, I subsist mainly on free content provided on a variety of online sites, like Youtube and thatguywiththeglasses.com, or through gaming. Hulu and network sites also offer a lot of television shows online, which allows me to watch them with minimal commercials and at my convenience. Hulu plus is pretty interesting, but ultimately, since I don’t have a ton of interest in TV, I generally just follow the few shows I like.

I play video games. That’s not a big surprise to anyone who knows me. I like active entertainment. I enjoy being challenged and have a fairly competitive spirit. I also enjoy the social aspect of gaming, though that probably really didn’t show during this particular week. Gaming is also something that I have control over in terms of when I fit it into my schedule, so that’s also a plus.

It was kind of a weird week in general, but I don’t think I would have come off all that differently any other week. Perhaps less stressed out, I suppose!

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