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New Media, Communication, and Society

A Fast, Straightforward Examination of Key Topics

Mary Ann Allison and Cheryl A. Casey

New Media, Communication, and Society is a fast, straightforward examination of key topics which will be useful and engaging for both students and professors. It connects students to wide-ranging resources and challenges them to develop their own opinions. Moreover, it encourages students to develop media literacy so they can speak up and  make a difference in the world. Short chapters with lots of illustrations encourage reading and provide a springboard for conversation inside and outside of the classroom. Wide-ranging topics spark interest. Chapters include suggestions for additional exploration, a media literacy exercise, and a point that is just for fun. Every chapter includes thought leaders, ranging from leading researchers to business leaders to entrepreneurs, from Socrates to Doug Rushkoff and Lance Strate to Bill Gates.

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23 Does Your Life Depend on Being Connected? (Mary Ann Allison)

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CHAPTER 23

Does Your Life Depend on Being Connected?

Mary Ann Allison

When you are starving, your stomach stops growling

When you skip a meal, your stomach may growl, reminding you to eat.

After a day or two without food, most people report being very hungry, irritable, and obsessed with food.

But after about a week, your stomach stops growling. You aren’t hungry, but you get extremely tired and it is difficult to do anything at all. There is significant damage to your skin, eyes, and internal organs. Your brain is deprived of the nutrients it needs to function. You are likely to get sick and will have a hard time recovering. Starvation takes a long time. It causes extreme discomfort and loss of functions throughout. Fortunately, most people reading this book won’t know that from personal experience.

I’m sure you already know that bad food and famine lead to suffering, illness, and stunted physical development in children.

What you may not have thought about is the downward spiral that hunger and poor food create (see Figure 23.1). Hungry students do not learn well. Hungry people aren’t good workers or farmers. They cannot provide for themselves, so they must depend on others.

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