Writing these media blogs on a weekly basis has completely changed my outlook on media as a whole. In my first blog when describing my relationship with media I would say that, overall, it was pretty unhealthy. I would scroll aimlessly on my phone for hours, allowing everything that I saw to impact how I felt about myself as well as what I felt that I needed. Slowly, but surely as I began to write these blogs and focus more on the messages being sent through media I realized that the image of myself and my needs was completely based on what an advertisement told me rather than how I truly felt. It was with this realization that I truly understood how greatly media impacts my life. It is sad to think that so much of what I thought, was based on others/advertisements).
Not only did these media blogs help me to identify how media was negatively affecting me, but it also allowed me to take control of the media in my life. As I wrote more blogs the more I started to see right through the appeals and could focus on the true messages being sent through media. No longer did I find myself on social media scrolling aimlessly out of boredom. Instead, I began to, subconsciously, analyze all of the ads that I saw whether they were direct or indirect and I hate to say it, but this kind of ruined some forms of social media for me. I became very critical of what I saw and honestly, I would find myself getting frustrated as I realized that the "good intentions" behind ads in media weren't actually good intentions, but rather a way of selling a product or an idea for a company to profit off of. I guess I realized that I am the exact consumer media and companies want to target because I truly believed that the media wants the best for people. Never once before critical thinking had the thought that the media is really just trying to sell the audience on something even crossed my mind. Ultimately in growing my understanding of the intentions behind the media my usage has decreased greatly, but not because I am any less interested in media, I just feel like I fell into the trap the world of media has created and it kind of makes me sad and irritated.
Now, the key things I think about when I am on social media or watching a commercial are; what is trying to be sold, how should it benefit me, how will it really benefit me, and what unrealistic promise is made? While it is great that I am able to see and think about all of those things, they can also be a pain in the butt. I feel like I can't watch anything anymore without trying to dig into its true message, but I guess this just shows how much my media literacy has grown.
Although I complain that being able to critically think about the things I consume, I am grateful for it. The increase in my media literacy allows me to not get caught up in what is trying to be sold to me. I am proud to say that I see (almost) right through the image media tries to create. This means that I no longer get so easily caught up in what I see in the media nor am I given false hope that a product will benefit me in unrealistic ways. But, by no means am I saying that I will never get caught up in these things, however, I am saying that being an overall more educated consumer makes me less susceptible to this media trap.
In the end, this media blog benefited me in ways I could have never imagined and it taught me a lot about my media habits and how it affects me. I am super glad that we got to do this and that I found it so interesting. Based on all that I learned I wish I could say I was done with media as a whole, but I don't think I am quite at that point yet because, while media has its negatives, it also has its positives. Who am I kidding, it's really just addictive. I'm still very proud of the new techniques I have learned to apply to media so that it is healthy and not damaging.
Thanks, Media Blogs! :)