By Matthew Crane
My final thoughts on Intro to Media? Media is a complicated, wide, influential, collection of outlets that control the way we think, act, and buy without even knowing it. Something that seems so simple, like the TV we watch, the radio we listen to, and the movies we see; they all have long diverse histories that have shaped the way we view our world. Media conglomerates and their subsidiaries have such control over our democracy and the rest of the world. It is our responsibility to keep these organizations in check and make sure that their power remains under the government and open to regulation, when necessary.
The biggest change in media, recently, has been the introduction of social media. It has changed the way we communicate, the way we process information, and the way we interact with society. After studying it, I have begun to understand the business of it more than I ever have before. Because of it, my social media usage has already begun to drop. My willingness to give everything about me away, has made me realize that it is time to stop.
Media is great and should be consumed. Listening to music, going to movies, subscribing to Hulu, visiting to Facebook. But, like anything in life, over-use should be avoided and watched for. Everything is best in moderation.
After all of this, I am more interested in media research. The way media works its way into every facet of our lives is fascinating and worth understanding.