Media Life – Adam Phillips

T101 Media Life is a class unlike any other that I have ever taken. This class has caused me to question how media affects the way I view reality. I believe that this class should be labeled as a psychology or philosophy class instead of a telecommunications class because it focuses on how we view reality, and the only thing that saves it is that it does so through media. Though I did not agree with everything that the professor, Mark, says he still forces me to view things from different perspectives and ask questions. Many people describe this class through a movie but I believe the only way to accurately describe this class is through multiple movies because this class is about viewing media through multiple view points, and the movies are Inception, The Truman Show, Avatar, and The Matrix. The movie Inception causes us to question our reality, The Truman Show shows us how pervasive media is in our lives even if we don’t know it, Avatar is a metaphor for how we use media to try and become the version of ourselves that we want to be (juicy hamburger), and The Matrix shows us how technology is in itself alive and how we can be “imprisoned” by media. All of these movies describe this class because these are some of the main topics of the course and these ideas are a major part of our lives and who we are weather we know it are not.


Published by Life in Media

Website dedicated to the Media Life/Life in Media project of Mark Deuze, Professor of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

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  1. Whenever a conversation comes up involving which classes here at IU are the best, I always bring up T101. My friends always ask me “What’s so cool about that class?” I used to just tell them that it was cool an that’s all there is to it. That was before watching The Truman Show. Now whenever someone asks me why it’s cool I respond with, “How many classes have you taken that make you question if you’re truly living in reality?”

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