Blog 1 — Media Literacy
We are all exposed to all sorts of media from the time that we are born — movies, television, music, the news, the Internet, advertisements, the list goes on. For this first blog post, tell the story of:
- How your media consumption habits have developed over the years. What have you watched, listened to, commented on, and used throughout the years? Have your habits changed, or have they stayed relatively the same? Why do you think that might be?
- How do you make sense of the media that you consume?
Be sure to include at least one (1) image in the body of your blog post. Provide a citation (it can just be a link) within the caption of that image
I was born into Generation Z, the first generation to have access to technology from a very young age. The first “social generation.” Being exposed to media from a very young age is a very common occurrence for those born into this generation. As people often remark, it seems like the babies born in Gen Z come out of labor with an iPad in their hands. While previous generations have also been shown various forms of media, the media of today has evolved and exposure has increased.
I define media as a form of mass communication that can carry a message through text, audio, or visual depictions. I consider the Gameboy Advanced SP released in 2003 the very first form of media I had consumed. I distinctly remember playing the video game “The Incredible Hulk.” I was born in 2004 so the gaming console is one year older than I am. I consider video games to be a form of media as they carry a message, especially the video games of today. They have advanced to the point where you can even use them as social media — occasionally privately messaging your online friend or talking in a voice chat with other in-game teammates. I never used the Gameboy that often, my parents preferred I play outside or read a book rather than be stuck to a screen. The habit of reading books instead of playing was ingrained into me so much that even today I don’t often use my phone for anything other than reading online novels. Although reading books, whether online or physical, is still considered consuming media. It is hard not to consume media in everyday life — the only way to completely avoid its consumption would be to isolate from any forms of information gathering, including books.
The design of the Gameboy with its flip-up-to-open screen reminds me of the first phone I had ever owned as well, the LG enV Touch made in 2009. On this phone, I was able to browse the internet, make calls, and download music. Being able to access a whole world of information at the push of a button was remarkable back then, but now it feels as natural as breathing. I didn’t use the call function much, as the phone was only given to me for emergencies, but I did take several pictures documenting even the most trivial things in my life. My parents had sat me down for a talk when giving me the phone, informing me of the dangers of strangers and the internet. This talk had scared me into not wanting to talk to anybody at all through the phone, but it did not stop me from browsing the internet.
As the years have progressed, my media consumption has only increased.