When I was younger, I actually didn’t really consume the ‘average’ amount of media like other kids in my school. Instead of watching television on Disney Channel or Cartoon Network, I used to play with dolls, go to the beach, park and play sports like football, do gymnastics and ballet. Maybe other people my age can relate, but in those scenarios where my friends and I would discuss our childhood, I was and still sometimes continue to be asked, “where was your childhood?”, “well what did you do?” – as if I really missed out on shows like Wizards of Waverly Place and The Suite Life on Deck. My point is, when I look back on my childhood, I am quite grateful for my limited consumption of media, especially when I see children nowadays with their iPads, even iPhones (or maybe that’s just what I’m used to seeing in Dubai – it really is a whole other level of rich). My generation has grown up together with media. The technological advancements in media are actually mind-blowing. We went from purchasing CDs and VHS tapes in stores to buying subscriptions on Netflix to watch films on our laptops or filming on VHS camcorders to videoing on iPhones which are then posted on Facebook for anyone to view.
Media has really taken over our lives, but I’m all for it.
I love that media inspires me with my creative side. I love that media captures all my memories. I love that media has helped me find my personal identity. Most of all, I love that media connects me to anyone from anywhere in the world. When I first arrived in Amsterdam about a month and a half ago, I felt really homesick as it was my first time leaving the city I grew up in and my family for the first time. As I write this now, media was the significant factor in helping me overcome my homesickness. I was able to video call my parents at any time, I was able to watch my comfort television shows, look through my Snapchat memories and message my friends.
Media has made my life easier.
I can’t imagine my life without media.
I’m happy to be studying Media 🙂