Dear Media,

I used to think that you were like a parent to me. Now I realize you were always more of a babysitter, as you may not have been as influential as my parents, but at least you were always there.

I’m not even conscious anymore about when you started taking care of me, but my earliest memories of you are of the cartoons you used to show me when I was about 6 years old. Those were good times…

Then I grew up and everything got so complicated so fast. I moved to Germany and felt isolated by the culture and the language. To make matters worse, my relationship with my parents got worse and everything in general seemed to go to shit. But you were there, you were always there. You showed me FIFA and I spent every single second of free time I had on you. I also told you to play those YouTube videos I liked, you know what’s funny Media? I never actually listened to those videos. I just told you to play them, so I would hear another voice, it comforted me. 

Luckily for me that phase ended, but then our relationship got a little messy. I started to rebel against you. I tried to cut you out of my life and for that I’m sorry. 

Now we are in the present and I have realized that you may know a lot about me, but I actually don’t understand anything about you and I want to change that. I’m grateful for everything you have done for me, so it’s only fair if I try to do something for you.

Sincerely Yours,



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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