Abstract: The attentional demands of electronic media range from rapt (video games) to passive (much TV), but this is the first generation to directly interact with and alter the content on the screen and the conversation on the radio. Screenagers emotionally understand electronic media in ways that adults don't -- as a viral replicating cultural reality, instead of as a mere communicator of events. For example, portable cameras have helped to shift TV's content from dramatic depiction's to live theater, extended (and often endlessly repeated and discussed) live coverage of such breaking events as wars, accidents, trials, sports, and talk-show arguments. What occurs anywhere is immediately available everywhere. Our world has truly become a gossipy global village, where everyone knows everyone else's business.

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I find it ironic that many multimedia students,given the importance of visual communication in our profession, graduate without the ability to sketch-out or illustrate the most simple of ideas. I would argue that everyone is able to draw and with practice achieve a satisfactory level of confidence in visually communicating his/her ideas.

We've all learned to manipulate a pen or pencil to print or write our name. Many of us doodle daydreams in our class notebooks. Both of these examples illustrate the ability to visually express oneself through the manipulation of line. Learning to draw effectively just takes study, time, and practice.

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I live in a city. Not a big city, but one large enough to have an array of traffic and human made sounds that can irritate one if allowed.

There are still quiet mornings. But the fact is that the quality of this quiet time has diminished over the years as the city has grown.

Sometime around 3 AM and continuing for several hours more, the soundscape beyond my closed windows settles into a momentary period of quietude, broken occasionally by a passing auto.

This is a safe time. A time when one can open the windows and let the inside and outside become a single acoustics space.

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