Media has never been as relevant to my life as it is at this very moment (and yes, I can already hear the “no sh*t, you’re doing a media and information course” comments). Living abroad for the first time in my life, (social) media is the only tool I rely on to keep in touch and communicate with my family back home. Without it, I’d never wake up to 15 texts from my mum reminding me to do the dishes daily. So you could say I’m forever grateful, I guess.
Media allows us us to stay connected with people who we might otherwise have lost touch with and follow their every move, thanks to the phenomenon known as oversharing: your third cousin just got fired AGAIN or your high school friend just posted a picture of her newborn child, gathering loads of “Aw!” and “So cute!” comments (even though we all know newborn babies are never cute). In other words, media keeps you constantly in the loop.
Media is a powerful tool. It helps us stay constantly connected to the rest of the world like never before. News (both real and fake), ideas, trends and art are now being spread across the globe more efficiently than ever. And most importantly, it is home to thousands of hours worth of cat videos.
Kanyarat (Lily) Wong