A Double-Edged Sword

I have a love-hate relationship with media. It is my greatest companion and my worst enemy. One of my first media-related memories is my 5 years old self, sitting in front of one of those computers that looked like boxes, playing Barbie video games. As I grew up, I exchanged the barbie games for social media platforms like Youtube where I would watch people and look up to them. I remember buying the things that were recommended to me by beauty gurus or other influencers but somehow still remaining my identity and filtering through the information that was given to me. 

The media that I have surrounded myself with ever since I was a child, shaped the person I am today. Media was always like a double-edged sword to me. I would not be the person I am today without media being present throughout my life, my English would not be as good as it is, and all the relationships I have with the wonderful people in my life would not be the same. On the other hand, my insecurities and my self image would not be as heavily based on comparison to others which would definitely help with a lot of my issues. 

I have learned to look at media with a grain of salt…or a lot of grains. It will always undoubtedly be a huge part of my life and who I am whether I like it or not. That is why it is important to me to minimize the influence it has on me but maximize the influence I have on it. Let us make the most of it without losing sight of who we are as people because at the end of the day it is us, the society, who shape the narrative.

Zofia Poplawska 13981099


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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