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Entertainment takes a turn Elli Keener Staff Member When I turn on the TV, I instantly click the DVR button to see what recorded shows I can binge. If I run out of shows or get tired of network television, I pick up a laptop and hop on YouTube to see what’s new and what’s trending. On a long weekend, Netflix has my back with endless shows to binge-watch. Although some time is still spent watching TV and entertaining myself the traditional way, technology has taken the entertainment business by storm, changing the way people receive and respond to their entertainment. According to a new study by Motorola Mobility, 29 percent of weekly television viewing is content that is recorded and being played back. Having only been available for the past 15 years, the DVR has had

an incredible impact on how people watch TV. Instead of being home on time for the game to begin, just set the DVR to “record” and start over. Another power the DVR has given people is the ability to skip commercials. Weeknight CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory” charges more than $325,000 for a 30-second ad spot, according to CBS. Average Joes everywhere now have the superpower to deny those hundreds of thousands of dollars in ad viewing. The DVR has freed TV watchers everywhere from the restrictions of commercials and show schedules, and gives them television like they always wanted. Another explosion in the entertainment world is YouTube’s immense popularity and success that draws more than a billion unique users each month. It makes sense why YouTube attracts such a large audience from around the globe, with over 100

Hannah Splawn Staff Member Technology has put students in touch with such a wide variety of information that rather than picking up an encyclopedia and looking up information on the Civil War, students can type their questions into Google and obtain endless results. According to DeVry University, 67 percent of teachers believe that video, blogs, podcasts and Wikis are necessary teaching tools, and 27 percent of students list their laptops and tablets as the most important learning devices over the 10 percent of students who listed textbooks. Technology provides opportunities to communicate with teachers and classmates, to take classes online, make note-taking easier and to form better study habits. Technology has become a necessity in studying, as 78 percent of students claim they cannot study without the aid of technology. While students hold word processors, e-mail and presentation

hours of video uploaded to the site every minute, there is bound to be something for everyone. Also, YouTube gives individuals the chance to become the entertainers. With a video camera ordered off Amazon and clever comedy, craftiness or charisma, anyone can become the next big online thing. As entertainment opens up to the public, new styles of entertainment that could never pick up funding from studios are now being created online for a global audience in 61 countries. Entertainment had been changed forever by the open forum available online to post videos and share what individuals have created. Additionally, web sites like Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime give audiences a mass of shows and episodes to choose from when looking to find entertainment. Without waiting for new episodes or

software as valuable tools, a quarter of students spend class time browsing content not related to coursework. While technology provides a chance to make courses more engaging, they also present a distraction. With 38 percent of students hiding their cell phones under their desks to check their notifications every 10 minutes, technology has become both a blessing and a crutch. According the New York Times, some teachers believe that technology is “hampering [students’] attention spans and ability to preserve in the face of challenging tasks.” With Google at the tips of students’ fingers, having to concentrate too hard on a subject seems counter intuitive when just typing the question into the search bar is “so much easier.” However, while this generation may come off as “distracted,” there is another way to perceive this problem. Take for instance Sugata Mitra’s experiments in self-teaching in which he placed computers in poverty-stricken areas in developing

sitting through commercials, people have the chance to watch TV in large quantities in a simple format. TV online gives audiences the opportunity to binge-watch classic television or the latest season of “Once Upon a Time” at their convenience. Networks have also begun to release episodes on their web sites after they air, allowing audiences to freely watch the shows by streaming them online. Entertainment has changed drastically with changes in technology. The key element affected is the freedom of the user. DVR’s, online video sites and websites that allow the audience to stream their favorite shows have all given the viewer freedom in their entertainment choices. No more restrictions, no more commercials, no more scheduling. Simply, entertainment.

countries. Starting in 1999, where he embedded a computer into the wall of a slum in New Dheli. Children who had never seen a computer before, did not go to school and spoke very little English, learned how to use the technology to browse the Internet, record their own music and play games online in only four hours after coming in contact with the computer for the first time. After repeating these experiments with several other Indian villages, Mitra realized children adapted to the technology they had been given. This generation is not “distracted” so much as they have accommodated their lives, as well as their study habits, to what they have been provided with. Rather than having their noses in newspapers and encyclopedias, their information is just a click away. Technology has given students access to information that teachers and textbooks alone could not provide before. While this generation may seem to be buried under information, that may not be a bad thing.

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