Media offers a new realm of possibilities

I love media because it allows me to delve into my own little world; one I can completely customise and arrange – from what kind of people and blogs I follow and read on Tumblr or Instagram to all the videos and series i can watch. It’s like a safe little spot i can always turn to no matter what may be going on in my ‘real’ life. It’s also had such a huge impact on my life in general and what and how I do things on a daily basis; now that I live alone I always watch a video whenever I’m eating a meal, whilst I’m cleaning up, cooking or showering I put on music or a podcast I really like. I follow blogs on Tumblr that I can identify with and that share content I can relate to. It’s totally personalised and follows me wherever I go. It’s become, what I would call, an extension of myself as well as a part of me and who I am and what I stand for. I can learn pretty much ANYTHING online and through the use of media – I look up recipes every single day for inspiration on what to make for lunch, I look up 1 hour long guided yoga or meditation sessions, I brush up on my Dutch on DuoLingo every single day, if I decide that I want to learn how to play the harmonica all I need is to type it into google before I get redirected to thousands of video tutorials. It’s absolutely amazing! The possibilities are endless. I have no clue how to use editing software, but hey, soon enough I will have watched 5-6 youtube tutorials on it and I’ll be good to go to edit the creative assignment for this course. And not to forget, is the connectivity media offers. Just being able to talk to people who are physically so out of reach or on the other side of the planet makes many things so much easier. It allows for friendships to be taken to a whole new, international level. Thanks to Snapchat and their geofilters i was able to see that a friend who I haven’t seen in over 3 years was on holiday in Amsterdam and so we were able to meet up again completely randomly. All of this is why I love media and why it has become such an important part of my life.


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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