I’m addicted to using Digital Media!

In this week’s lecture, the activity associated with it (24 Digital Diary) taught me a lot about myself and my digital usage.  I think like everyone else my age, the constant desire to track and share has become part of our culture because of our need for attention.  We often feel the need to share every little moment of our lives in hope’s of receiving admiration and approval from other’s and in turn, we also want to know about every inch of the lives of others to admire and compare them to ours.  As technology advances, this culture develops more and more and becomes more prevalent in today’s society because the ability to share and connect becomes easier and more accessible than before.  In analyzing my 24 Digital Diary, I’ve realized I use digital media a lot more often than I thought.  Every free moment I get, and even when I’m occupied doing something, I always seem to pick up my phone and check my Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for recent updates from friends and celebrities.  Personally, I don’t share a lot on social media, however, I do find I’m constantly lurking through what other’s have shared and this actually consumes a lot of time in my day.

This week’s lecutre also discussed the principles of a good infographic.  Below I will discuss these principles by analyzing a few examples of infographics that I find to be very well done.

Source: http://blog.leeandlow.com/2015/09/21/infographic-the-diversity-gap-in-the-emmys-2015/
Source: http://blog.leeandlow.com/2015/09/21/infographic-the-diversity-gap-in-the-emmys-2015/

This is a perfect representation of an excellent infographic as all principles of a good infographic are present.

  1. The story for this infographic is very compelling.  Diversity is a very relevant issue in today’s society and so, by addressing this issue in a popular award show such as the Emmy’s makes the story very captivating.
  2. The data for this infographic does an excellent job at reinforcing the story. The data is simple and easy to follow while effectively strengthening and supporting the thesis of the infographic.
  3. The visual style of this infographic does a great job at supporting the story as numerous easy to follow diagrams are used as well as the infographic itself is simple and easy for people of all ages to understand.  Also, the colours used are effective in the infographic as the writing and the colour in the diagrams for the percentage of white people receiving awards is in white, further supporting the argument of the diversity gap.
  4. The infographic is very easy to share as it has a very intriguing title and is a topic that is extremely relevant in today’s society.  Diversity is a huge issue today and by analyzing the gap in the Emmy’s, an awards show that reaches out to people of all ages, races, and genders, it’s easily relatable to everyone.
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2015/04/13/the-most-successful-movie-franchises-in-history-infographic/
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2015/04/13/the-most-successful-movie-franchises-in-history-infographic/

This is another great representation of an excellent infographic containing all the principles of a good infographic.

  1. The story for this infographic is an interesting and popular topic making it very compelling.  Everyone loves to watch movies and so, it is intriguing to find out which movie franchises are the most successful.
  2. This infographic has excellent data that is simple and easy to follow while providing the reader with information pertinent to the topic.
  3. The visual style of this infographic supports the topic very well with the simple colours, the movie-related picture and the easy to follow diagram.
  4. The infographic is extremely easy to share as it is a topic that is intriguing to people of all ages since everyone watches movies, and the majority of people have seen the movies listed in the infographic.

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