Why I Heart My Media

I love my media because it is literally my only connection with my loved ones when I am not physically there with them. So in that sense, it’s not just a phone/laptop I use for convenience but also a reminder of home and all the love that anchors me wherever I go.

My media has also become a significant aspect of my identity, not only as a platform where I can express myself in ways that wouldn’t necessarily be possible in real life but also as an important influence in actively shaping who I am. The possibility social media provides in allowing me to reflect and consolidate what I am experiencing currently/who I am while at the same time giving me a window into who I used to be allows for a deeper understanding into the complexities that make up my identity at a particular stage of my life. And although it can be argued that there is always a mismatch in how I present myself online and how I am ‘actually’ like in real life , I personally think this conflict/disparity is what gives a deeper dimension into how we make sense of ourselves and who we are. Different aspects of our identities don’t necessarily have to be coherent to be ‘real’ and the diversity of self expression that media allows us to participate in gives us a deeper, more nuanced understanding of ourselves and others.


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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