I Love Media (But We Also Have Our Issues)

I cannot say that I love media in the same way that I cannot say that I love people. I love my family, film, my friends, and photography. I love the people who taught me how to live life to the fullest and the apps without which I probably could not live at all. Hell, I would even say that I love Saoirse Ronan. But my love for Saoirse Ronan does not guarantee my love for every human. And my love for Instagram does not guarantee my love for everything that constitutes as media. 

I believe that media, as a whole, has greatly benefited people. It has helped us learn more about our world, communicate better, and share our stories. But it has also caused a lot of pain and confusion. It is scarily easy to fall down a rabbithole of misinformation, carefully disguised as enlightenment. With the help of media, individuals with malintent have the power to shift the mindset of entire populations. Youtube, for example, pushes content towards viewers not based on truth but rather what people are more likely to click on. 

On the other hand, I am the person that I am based on the media that I have consumed, which has it’s pros and cons. My humour has been shaped by Twitter and my love for art by Instagram. Media gave me the opportunity to get to know the people in my life in Amsterdam whom I now can’t imagine my life without. If it weren’t for media, the person that I am today wouldn’t exist.

Media has its flaws but it also has created important contributions to the world. Media, like all people, is imperfect but always growing and improving. 

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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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