A Thank You Note

Street lights flickered as bustles of traffic hauled past, silence slowly blanketed the buildings, and through a small crack in a window of one house, strands of light dazzled through. A figure twirled around to reveal the face of a little girl covered in happiness, reflecting that feeling to the people around her. Her ideas, thoughts, and opinions, were as loud as her imagination. The girl began to realise that through all the 7 continents, 195 countries, and 10,000 cities, all accommodating over 7 billion people, she held a small place in this world even with her enormous imagination. Her mind spiraled with confusion as she tried to understand the world: it’s people, places, cultures and values. Through the years her confusion turned into curiosity as she began to discover the unifying power of media, she realised that she could uncover the secrets of the world through a lighted screen in her living room.

Being this girl and appreciating this perspective helped me realise that in this fast moving, resilient world, I will always have media. It’s impossible to think these little devices that follow us around all day, that we turn to each second for every detail has exposed us to all we love, hate, and know about our world today.

But there is still so much more for me to learn, I want to be able to understand this vivid universe, all its diverse cultures, rich countries, inspiring people, and immense values.  And I know that the only way for me to do this, for me to find myself, while finding out about everything and everyone around me, is through the media that ripples through all aspects of my life. So, I thank media, I thank media for giving me a key to this universe, for being the link between me and everything else that stands in my way, for allowing me to learn, grow, relearn and grow some more.

Shanaya Chawla

Student ID: 13680846


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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