Media and Me

Media was a big part of my life growing up. It has helped me through many hard times in life as I learnt how to wield it in my advantage. Growing up in a family where emotions were not displayed, I used the media in my possession to help better understand how I was feeling and explain to myself many of the things my parents wouldn’t. I was always careful as the media dimension is broad and dangerous, especially for a young queer kid who was still figuring out who he was. As I grew older I started using media less and less. I figured that If I didn’t feel safe to post anything, I better not post it. The moment you put yourself out there in the fields of media and internet you loose control. Now that I’m not a kid anymore and am not depending on anyone I finally feel like I’m ready to take the control back and start exploring and expanding my media influence through my socials. It is way more easier nowadays to put yourself out there and to create this image for you, putting emphasis on your strong sides and advantages. Media can help you find your truest self, but If you are not being careful it might make you feel even more confused. It’s important to remember that you don’t have full control of the media, but you are fully in control of what you decide to post, when and where. As long as you are confident in what you post and do it with a clear mind – it’s okay! Media was created to help us reach out and explore, but as many explorers know – you should do a research and prepare before exploring something you are not a 100% familiar with.

Student number: 13949063

Name: Rumen Gulev

Published by deuzemedialife

Mediastudies, University of Amsterdam

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