Before taking Media Life, it seemed as though much of what I heard teachers say about media was negative. They warned me as a young girl to be aware of online predators, while as I got older they told me to watch the information I put on my facebook profile because if I wasn’t careful it could ruin my life. However, Mark turned all that around. He presented the class with the idea that media was neither bad nor good, but something that is complex, interesting and beautiful.
I feel that one of the most significant things I have taken away from the class is not to take my media for granted. Growing up, surrounded by media, it had just become something in my life that I didn’t think much about and used naturally. But Media Life has taught me to appreciate my media, for it is one of the realities which I live in (something I would have denied in August). Most importantly, it allows me to stay connected with my family and friends and fuels my imagination and creativity- the things I love most in my life.