As a senior at Cornell I decided to live in College Town for my final year. I like living in the action packed mini city that is Cornell’s social epicenter. There are lots of bars, a couple of scattered parties and all the crappy food I could ever desire (Although a place to get breakfast other than Jacks or CTB would be nice). As I was walking around this area I wondered how new media affects my perception and the way I interact with College Town. I learned that they are more intertwined than I had thought.
I live on the corner of Eddy St. and State St. As I was walking from my house to the opposite edge of College Town, by CTB, I began to notice the places where my surroundings and new media interact. First as I passed houses that I think I had been to parties at, it’s hard to remember, I remembered getting Facebook invitations to them. I most likely would not have known that party existed had it not been for everyone’s favorite social media site. Then As I got nearer to Dryden, I started to see bars that I frequent. Dunbars usually has an interesting special depending on the night. I now know these by heart but when I was a bar newbie, I had to look on their website to find their specials. Then as I walked up Dryden I began to see restaurants that I am unashamedly too lazy to walk to when I want to eat. I usually order food off of campusfood.com. This is a great website that allows you to order your food online. I also learn about which collegetown favorites of mine are running the best specials that day (they often compete with eachother on campusfood). What I realized as I strolled through College Town was that a lot of my favorite aspects of lving in College Town are facilitated through new media sources. Be those simple websites, social media sites, or godly inventions like campusfood.
Class Blog: New Media and Society