It seems more than ever in todays society that media is everywhere with people wanting us to consume as much of it as possible. From a click of a button or a swipe of a phone we now have the world at our fingertips. Not a moment goes by when you aren’t connected to the big world around you in some way.
The problem with this is the lack of control it gives us as viewers. We have no control over what TV channels, newspapers and websites will show us. On social media we follow and like people that we trust but again we are only trusting these people not to put up things we don’t want to see and have no control. Add on top of this the advertisements that social media companies show us without our control and our feeds soon get clogged up with a lot of things we haven’t asked to or wanted to see.
When you go on your newsfeeds and timelines on social media its like playing Russian roulette. For some people it’s exciting because you never know from one day to the next, but the thing is once you have seen something you didn’t want to see you can’t un-see it.
What we see, hear and read has so much impact on the way we think about the world around us. Without us knowing, our opinions and thoughts are being changed. The media in all its forms is such an impactful force but in many ways we are very blasé in how we use it.
Now I’m not saying we should boycott the media as I think that would be impossible in todays world and would be forgetting the good things that the media does. I would however encourage us all to become more educated users and think more about how we use it.
When was the last time you had a sort through your friends on facebook or the people you follow on twitter and asked yourself do I really want to or need to see posts from each of these people? When was the last time you really assessed a website or newspaper you like, to see what their world and political views and standpoints are?
What hold does media have on your life? Are we now conditioned to check our smartphones every five minutes? To post as much as we can, to like as much as we can? For the time we seem to dedicate to it what are we getting out of it? More to the point by consuming all the media we do what are we missing out on?