Apr 28 2010
This was an interesting blog topic this week, as it provided such a new perspective to walk around campus and think about the forms of media that are in the spaces we occupy on a daily basis without even knowing it. Different forms of media were present in each area passed through, sometimes expected, sometimes not. The area I chose to explore further was the locker room of the Cornell Women’s Lacrosse team. Obviously, as part of the program, this is an area that is of great importance since members of the team are in this space on a daily basis. It was also surprising to me, the forms of media that are present in a space that seems completely unaffected by information technology.
Many times, when people are entering the locker room space, they do so with their iPod headphones stuck in their ears or while on the phone with someone. Most members of the team possess Blackberry’s or some other type of smart-phone or iPod. Another interesting fact was that the space is also equipped with wireless Internet. Why someone thought that a locker room space in a random spot in a hockey rink needed to be connected to the Internet is beyond me, but that’s the intriguing aspect of new media in today’s world. People find a reason to have a connection to the world on a large basis in any space that they find. While many individuals would think that this Internet connection would go unused since the locker room is typically thought of as a place to change clothes for practice, I was amazed at how frequently it is actually taken advantage of.
While entering the locker room today before the start of practice, I saw not one, but two team members sitting on the floor of the room doing work on their laptops. Instead of staying in the library or other “normal” work space, the girls decided that they could get some last minute email in or look up something quickly before the start of practice. The convenience of having the Internet available everywhere is not something that was noticeable by the girls, but here they were on the Internet in a locker room, 10 minutes before they set off on the field for two hours of drills. And as soon as practice ends, one of the first things you will see probably 85% of the team do is to drop their sticks and whip out the Blackberry’s to check for missed calls, text messages, and emails.
People today may not even realize how much they are connected to the other people and information. A few years ago, it would have been an outrageous thing to have wireless Internet connection in a Women’s Lacrosse locker room. But with today’s ever-expanding information technological world, it seems completely acceptable for WiFi connection to exist in an athletic locker room. Even with a group of 26 other women in this space, each person feels like they need to be connection to other people and information because that is how society today operates. And now, through technology, everyone knows a little bit more about the inner-workings of the Cornell Women’s Lacrosse locker room.