Thoughts on media

Sometimes i hear people say that next to the standard human needs of food and shelter, the 21st century human constantly needs an active internet connection. Ofcourse this is not true, but for most of us it would be a challenge to disconnect ourselves from devices like television, laptop and mobile Phone. We all know not everyone is too happy about people constantly staring at screens, but i think we can all agree that the interactive media offers us great advantages. Not only is it easier than ever before to communicate with our friends through online profiles, we also have acces to an amount of information that keeps on growing. Back in the day people were limited to the information their local library had to offer, but today we have acces to almost everything other people have written online. Anytime and anywhere i can find what i want, all i need is a working Phone with internet connection.

Now, the increasing amount of people using smartphones in their daily lives is not really a problem for me. But what does concern me is our privacy disappearing. Because we do so much of our business on the internet, it is possible for companies, governments and hackers to create a profile from us for theirselves. Everything we do online, even the time we stare at an advertisement, can be recorded. We do not know what happens with this data and this frightens me. In my personal opinion, we really need stricter laws regarding online privacy.

M van Tol



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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