I heart Media how could I not

Media, such a broad concept but somehow right now when I hear this word I think of my phone. I consider 03’s the final “good year of people” and I mainly believe that because we weren’t introduced to exposure through the world of social media as soon as the later years.

I have two younger half brothers aged 3 and 4, they both can call me through an iPhone, they both can go on Youtube and put freaking Cocomelon and that shark thing and watch for hours. When I see this phenomenon I just can’t help but feel lucky that my early years did not have all these media outputs, that our toddlers are now familiar with.

To be honest, I know for a fact that consumed media from a young age. I watched cartoons through cassettes, dvd’s even television, I listened to classical music every night up until the age of 5 which is still some form of media consumption. I feel like the simplicity of the media in my head that I used to consume as a child is the reason, I find myself loving media now.

You can find a variety of bad qualities that media possesses, but when I stumbled upon the question ” Why I heart my media”, I immediately thought of media that helps express art. To be able to have countless of art work, endless hours of music in an app in your phone feels as if it’s a blessing. I just go back to the times we used to have thousands of cd’s even vinyls to listen to music. Let’s say after I’m done listening to an album that just dropped I can switch apps with a simple hand gesture and watch the new season of Rick and Morty, something I know find so surreal.

One final aspect that fascinates me about media is how we choose to portray ourselves through a variety of “profiles”. I believe I’m a key observer of the human condition I like observing people’s social activity because it creates an enigma that questions authenticity which I find very intriguing. Furthermore, I find myself very hypocritical when I choose for instance, how my Instagram feed should look like, but to be honest I can’t help but be part of that need because I receive pleasure when people compliment my choices.

Social media has helped us realise that we live in a chaotic world everything nowadays feels so out of reach only because we are familiar with too much material different of our lives, this leads to expectations being formed in our head and this persona that we choose to showcase is an attempt to grasp upon acceptance.

I heart media how could I not.

Victor Ponirakis

student number: 13755897


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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