One of the biggest changes from my time in college to today’s generation is the vast range of media available. At the end of my tenure in graduate school, we’d only recently gotten email here on campus (and computers were only available in a handful of labs!) – there was no Twitter, no IM, no 24-7 cable news stations, and so on.
Today’s students – your children – are inundated with messages from the Internet, TV, texts, smartphones, video games – the list is practically endless. One of our faculty members, Marina Krcmar of Communication, studies messaging and mass media. There is a great article on the WFU web site about her work and how today’s youth are passive consumers of popular media.