The miracle that is called media

It’s currently 18:19 as I’m writing this blogpost. My mother just came home from work and my dog is laying here by my side. It’s a cold Thursday evening so I have made myself a nice, and very warm, cup of tea. A good cup of Chai tea never fails to brighten my day! I’m wearing my pink headphones and I’m listening to ‘Can’t help falling in love’ by Elvis Presley. It’s a lovely evening.

So, dear stranger, who is reading this blogpost at this very moment. Now you know what a Dutch nineteen year old girl was doing on a cold Thursday evening at 18:19. I know that this is probably useless information to you but just take a moment to realize how cool it is that you now know what I was doing on a Thursday evening. That it is possible that from where ever you are on this planet, you can know what I was doing without even seeing me, knowing me and talking to me. Isn’t that wonderful? You might be in Canada, eating in the kitchen while reading this. You might be in Germany, waiting for your bus to arrive while reading this. You might be in your room, at a party, on the toilet (we all sit on our phones, let’s be honest:)) while reading this. I think it’s amazing how easy it is to talk and listen to the entire world, while not setting a foot outside. If someone, two or three hundred years ago, was able to talk to someone on the other side of the world, people would think of it as witchcraft, the work of god, a miracle. And you know what? It really is. Even if using media has become a daily habit to us, to me, to almost every person living in 2021, I really do think media is quite miraculous.

Of course, not every part of media is positive and fun. I’m well aware of all the negative stuff that media brings into all of our lives. The pressure to always be online, the way media can keep us from going outside, the hate people can spread so easily without any consequences. There is so much to media that I don’t like. But I wouldn’t want to live in a world without media. To me, media brings me more positivity than negativity. To me, media will always be a miraculous thing which enables to do so many things I would never be able to do in a world without media. Media is far from perfect. But it will be always a beautiful thing to me…



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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