One Month Offline

At first the idea of being offline for a month seemed terrifying.

How could I possibly keep up to date on what was happening in the world, as a media studies student, without internet?

Plus exams and finals coming up?Impossible.

But the move was necessary, and as I know too well, life doesn’t wait for anyone.

I learned very quickly, the media has a way of finding you.

Every new song, cool advertisement and movie was broadcast to me through word of mouth. People love it when you take an interest in what they have to say, even a simple, meaningless comment on Big Sean’s breakup or Lohan’s latest trip to rehab. 

I did not miss a single Leafs game with the aid of multiple television screens at work. Often an unexpected game turned my night from a dud to a stud. The excitement of an entire bar cheering as the Leaf’s score the winning overtime goal against Boston is exhilarating, and truly makes you truly feel like a part of the Canadian hockey culture. 

Updates on international news, such as the Russian Ukrainian conflict, were provided by directly affected overseas relatives. Often they had a better, more refreshing perspective than anything I had yet heard.

And the rest I found through traditional media, like newspapers and magazines. 

Old school methods perhaps, but effective. Very effective.

I found I was more informed on current events over the past month as I made a conscious effort to find them.

I truly appreciated when I did hear news, or a discussion on some new song or celebrity.

A month offline rekindled my love for media, in all its forms.

Now back online, I don’t feel as compelled as I once did to search and creep every inch of the internet at all times. 

Media will find me

guardian:

Bitter cold turns caves on Great Lakes into stunning ice sculptures – in pictures

It’s been so cold for so long in the midwest that the Great Lakes are almost completely covered with ice. The last time they came this close was in 1994, when 94% of the lakes’ surface was frozen. As of Thursday, ice cover extended across 88%, according to the federal government’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor. See more

Photos: Brian Peterson/AP

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