why i heart media

I used to have a generalized concept of media modalities function in our everyday lives. Their existences serve as mediums when messages need conveying and ideas need spreading. The exposure and interactions of media are heuristically intersectional between men and men, between men and technologies. But in this ongoing progress, the further and implicit meaning of media is neglected since it has been already unwittingly permeated in our lives, what I heart about media during the process is that it provokes us to seek for our personalities that are not manifested that much in our consciousness.

I would say that certain hidden characteristics in our inner world may reveal through social media. For instance, we at times prefer to share the feelings and thoughts to those who we barely know from the Internet about what we may be embarrassed to or have few chances to say it out loud in real life, due to the fact that their appearance or personal background is not available, the strangers somehow earn our trust behind the screen. We can define that it illustrates the estrangement to our families to a moderate extent. Instead, it is also considered that opportunity is offered to purely make friends from different time zones, to be motivated from one another, to give or receive comfort from frustrations. It is a balance between the ability to be alone and the will to connect to the rest of the world. We are not likely to know if love conveyed via email or social media platforms is still what it meant to be in the first place. But our original intentions have been transmitted and contributed to establishing unexpected personal characters. It doesn’t matter how we follow each other on Internet or whether we know others’ names. What matters are the words, the language, no matter it is a video or an article, it shows the essence of expressions from cover to cover.

Luyao Zhong


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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