We’re not doomed, are we?

Exactly one month ago, when my life as a media student had begun, the way I had perceived the concept of ‘media’ was very different than it is right now. As far as I am concerned, we cannot escape media. We have (un)consciously embraced it in our society and our way of living.

All those different devices of all sizes, colours and defining features, it is hard to go through a day without them – which sounds heartbreaking yet pathetic at the same time. Even when I do bring my devices with me, the fear of those babies of mine running out of battery is quite apparent. What if my phone happens to be saying goodbye to her (yes, my phone is a female) life in a place without any available wall sockets. Problem solved: power banks. Yet the low-key stressful fear of those lifesavers running out of battery as well becomes another problem. So the cycle seems to never end and we are all going to die. We’re doomed. Or is it just me? I am joking though; this used to be me. No need to be all dramatic about those devices.

After numerous lectures and readings about media life, I have come to the conclusion that it is okay to embrace it while we can – until our devices run out of battery and that it is just fine and actually quite relieving to temporary ‘escape’ the media I love. It is more than okay to let ourselves breathe without depending on anything that lives on battery. Then again, I couldn’t live without the convenience of media as it broadens my insight and opens my mind on matters worldly-wise. Because once upon a time… a very clever Chinese philosopher named Zhuangzi said, and I fully agree with him: “Your life has a limit, but knowledge has none. If you use what is limited to pursue what has no limit, you will be in danger.”

And this is exactly why I ‘heart’ my media.

Kim Dinh (11857250)


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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