Light and dark

For me, media has two different sites

The light side, where media connects you to family and friends,

where media keeps you entertained when you’re sitting bored in the tram or bus,

where media gives you the opportunity to develop your true self and to be creative, expressed through platforms like Instagram or Tiktok,

where media keeps you updated about current news, wether it’s politics, sports, economy, or just the newest achievement of your small cousin, posted by your aunt on Facebook.

But for me, media has two sites.

The other side, the dark side,

where random people have the opportunity to bring you down through anonymously written comments,

where media platforms presents you fake, perfect humans who make you feel bad about your unperfect self,

where people spread hate, being openly racist, sexist, and discriminating.

For me, media has two sides,

I just wished it had only one.



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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