I would say yes, but only to a certain extent. I’m not an avid user of social media (WhatsApp, Snapchat, and Reddit are about it for me), but, despite this, I have noticed something pervasive that’s been growing in recent years; a filter, not only of social media, but of everything. Everything that’s being shown to me (advertisements) have been tailored; years upon years of marketing research poured into showing me the product I am most likely to buy. This is evident just about everywhere; on YouTube, for example, the ads shown are shown to be correlated to the video history of the person they’re being shown to. So, while I haven’t recieved the “brunt of it” (Facebook seems the place where so-called “Filter Bubbles” are most prevalent), I still feel that it is an issue to society a large; an issue that also dips into the huge influence that multinational corporations have on our lives, and how even the smallest of things (everyday rituals) can be seen, by producers, as an opportunity to sell. This means that it is not only a social issue (marketing to sell “cool things” to young people), but also an economic one, as it showcases the grip many multinational corporations have on our day-to-day lives.
I think that this unit helped me quite a bit, as not only is it just important to learn about theatre, regardless of circumstance, but this also ties in to my other studies as I take Drama as of now. This means not only was I learning more about Italian, but I was also gaining an extra, more technical insight into the nature of Dramatic arts. Keeping up to date with the work has been occasionally difficult, but I feel I’ve been holding up significantly well, as I have usually assigned papers on time, and only very sparingly as for extensions. I feel I need to work better on being a Self-Manager, as I still have issues, on occasion, finishing work.