Why I heart my media

Mark McKinnon once said, « Technology and social media have brought power back to the people ». This quote pretty much sums up the main reason why I love my media. Media is in fact,  an impersonal medium that allows the diffusion of information or opinions on a large scale.

What I find fascinating about media and particularly social media, is the fact that it’s an outlet that allows its users the express themselves freely. Thanks to Facebook, Twitter or Youtube, we have access to an extensive network of people 24/7 connected, sharing in real time their opinions and reporting live of what’s happening in their country, hence raising awareness about a certain matter. Nowadays, people may feel like they are not heard by their politicians, that their ideas are not taken into consideration but social media put a stop to that. Since the democratization of internet and the social media, every single politician now has a communications director that is responsible for developing and promoting his agenda and leading his media campaign.

To sum up, I love media because it allows me and many others to express my opinions with no filter (as long as it is positive and constructive) but it also reassures me in the sense that no matter what, my ideas are going to be out there for someone to read and maybe make a positive impact.

-Dahlia Boudart


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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