Anthony Delbrun – March 17th

The article “Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man”, Marshall McLuhan describes technology and media as “extensions of man;” meaning that techonology and media are beneficial to a human’s life. Well, to an extend I do agree. Technology and media have made human life so much easier that certain tasks people do such as mowing the law, communicating with people from far away places and many more are smooth sailing. When McLuhan mentions the word “medium”, he refers to asany extension of ourselves” in which shapes our associations and actions.

While technology and media do help improve the everday lives of people to an extend it can also be a detriment. They both can be addicting and can hurt our communication skills. Technology and media can hurt our physical health such as eyestrain and it can take away certain jobs like, highway tolls, DVD rent stores and etc. Back then when I went out in public I saw more social interaction with people than today. Almost everywhere you go you see people glued onto some sort of technology. Some people have gotten lazy due to techonology as some people would rather buy majority of things online than to buy them at a store.

McLuhan mentions in his book, “The medium is the message.” I think he means that whatever form of media we use, it would always be the people in these media who would bring the message. Some people may not have the intellect to send the message properly or when using the medium may not have any sort of knowledge. The thing is that McLuhan wants us to control technology, not the other way around. He wants us to continue gaining information and spread our knowledge to the world by any means necessary.

Author: Anthony D

My name is Anthony Delbrun. I got my name from the biblical Saint of Padua Anthony. I was born on April 26th, 1999 at Kings County Hospital at approximately 5:27pm. I lived in Brooklyn, NY, USA for all my life but as for my parents they were born in Haiti. I come from a Haiti background but I barely speak the language. As a young boy growing in East Flatbush, I was a shy boy who didn't speak up for myself until the age of 7. What made me enroll in the Communication Design field is my passion for videogames and drawing. While growing I never really had a career decided for myself. The fact that there were so many jobs out there to my liking I couldn't choose. First I wanted to work at a pizzeria since I love to eat pizza. Second, I wanted to be a scientist because I wanted to make a time machine and take a blast from the past. Now we ALL know that's not possible. Lastly, I made up a fantasy career of becoming a “Bus-Driver-Crasher” meaning I'd drive a bus and crash into many objects and people. That had to be one of the dumbest ideas for a career ever! But since I was a little boy at that time I made it up, that's fine. It wasn't until my cousin from my dad's side who introduced me to videogames and drawing. From there on I experienced a passion for them, thus motivated me to become a Graphic Designer in videogames. Plus I wanted some excitement in my life. My skills are average but I’m still learning some techniques here and there so they will be useful in this field. A tagline to remember me is this: “Hard-work beats natural talent!” Also, I have an addiction to Japanese Anime! Look at my profile picture for example.

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