Why I Heart Media

When I was very, very young, there were no smart electronic devices, not to mention new media. At that time, my only daily entertainment was watching TV. The only way to get fresh information and news is to watch TV. Every time I went to my grandma’s house for summer vacation, I was forced to listen to the morning radio — even though I didn’t really know what room there was for appreciation. When I was in primary school, the school would recommend a uniform subscription of children’s magazines, and I always bought every issue, which was full of fun to read in my spare time, because it was like the New York Times for me. There is a certain difference between this kind of magazine and children’s literature. The content of each issue is different, which makes it more fresh and attractive to read. I didn’t like sports when I was young, and video games weren’t popular at that time, so TV and magazines were the only entertainment I had in my spare time. In junior high school, we were required to subscribe to English newspapers, and the teacher gave us the task of translating articles in English newspapers word for word. It’s long and cumbersome, but it’s fun. Everyone expands and interprets a sentence differently. We felt like little translators engaged in a sacred task of spreading knowledge. Those were also the years when wechat was widely used in China. Social media is really spreading across all ages in China. In addition, Weibo (a kind of software similar to Twitter) was very popular in junior high school to record the details of my life. After high school, TikTok and Honor of Kings, a mobile game similar to League of Legends, flourished. People are increasingly more inclined to exchange feelings and meet new people online. Now, wechat has become an indispensable part of Chinese people’s life, covering all sectors of the market. My growth, to some extent, witnessed the rapid development of Chinese media.

Published by deuzemedialife

Mediastudies, University of Amsterdam

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