Media Literacy Narrative — Jamie Moore

Ever since I was young, I have had a continuous “flip-flop” relationship with overall media. As certain things pique my interest more than others. On the days in middle school when we would discuss our favorite movies and shows, I couldn't say many, in my household and my family overall particular shows were frowned upon (but we of course, still managed to watch them. another story for another blog). But if you EVER mentioned pop culture, I could tell you anything you wanted from who was releasing what, when, why, and how. Media has always had a way of capturing news in areas that make it unrealistic. This is why, in my case, I never developed a strong liking for it. News stories about finance or the economic status of the US seemed like more of a question than critical thinking news. As I got older, social media developed more and more over time, with Instagram being created in 2010, and Twitter shortly following in 2011. Which made it easier to accept with me being 9 to 10 years old around these times. Then when I started using them I noticed that whatever Television I did watch no longer excited me. I wanted to feel more connected to the characters, I wanted to know more about them personally. And Instagram’s never-ending updates made it easier to connect with others for years, making this feeling valid and prominent. This phenomenon continued for years and even now. Social Media, in my opinion at least, exposed a lot of the secrets of the entertainment world and industry. Using social media platforms, in the beginning, was about posting nice pictures or sharing something you're talented at, or even secrets! Now, Social media starts to feel like more of a job, with options of monetization, brand ambassadors left and right selling products, and of course their advertisements. These qualities make it difficult to connect to reality sometimes. Which is how I ended up becoming more curious about finance. Not only due to the pandemic and what was going on in the world, but also the urge to learn about something that matters. And the media does play a major role In what information we receive in that aspect. With the rise of social media and the inevitable changes, I went through as a young adult, I would say that my media consumption increased with my age. Along with my newfound love for recording music and investing, it is safe to say I had to get comfortable with a steady amount of media, while also taking breaks from time to time to avoid burnout.

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