Hey y’all! My name is Carryl Tinsley and I am a junior at Furman University. Here are some things you need to know about me:
1. My name is pronounced like a boy “Carl,” not Carol or Carly or Carlton or Cheryl… I know, it’s tricky.
2. Major: Religion and Communication Studies… Not sure what I want to do with that but possibly counseling or something in a nonprofit ministry.
3. Hometown: Wilmington, NC… I love where I live.
4. Favorite color: Carolina blue… Go Tarheels!
5. I am a follower of Christ. I am a daughter. I am a big sister and a little sister. I am a laugher and crier (often at the same time). I am a lover of most types of music (but partial to James Taylor and NeedToBreathe). I am a list maker. I am a friend. I am an organizer. I am a people pleaser. I am a leader. I am a fan of Nashville (the TV show). I am a servant.
6. I created this blog for my digital communication class. I am hoping to learn how to use digital media to communicate effectively, get a clear message across to a broad audience, and to connect people with other people to solve problems.
7. I am passionate about stories. Everyone has a unique story, but we can use them to connect and learn and grow.
8. Some topics I am interested in exploring further with digital media include: homelessness, family relationships, and nonprofit organizations.
Now to answer the questions posed to me…
1. What is digital media? Digital media is any kind of information transmitted by an electronic device in order to reach a broader audience and communicate without our voices.
2. How does the internet work? Although I use the internet on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis, I am embarassed to admit how little I know about how it works. I am simply thankful when it works and usually picture it as a complex system up in the clouds.
3. What are your favorite types of media? How have these changed over the years? I enjoy the use of social media on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I know there are arguments against the use of these that are legitimate, but when used in the correct way, I think there is potential. I think the way they connect people who normally would have no interaction is and will continue to better the world in which we live. These sites are constantly changing and have looked different for me over the years. I am now using Facebook less and less (mostly because my sisters call me old when I use it…)
4. What will the digital landscape look like in 10 years, and how will you contribute to what that mold looks like? I often try to imagine what the technological world will look like in 10 years and get overwhelmed by the possibilities. Not to be pessimistic, though I do have a fear that in 10 years the digital landscape will have to be so limited and controlled for security issues that the creativity and connection will be lost. As we continue to see digital media being used for harm, it worries me to think about how those will expand over the next 10 years. I will contribute by doing my best to use digital media for good and encouraging those around me to do the same.
Thanks for reading!