I consume media every day, just like I consume food every day. I generally scroll through social media in the morning and then again before I go to bed. Periodically, I browse Pinterest. I listen to a lot of music throughout the day. I occasionally read the newspaper. Sometimes I watch a movie at the theater or on Netflix.
When I use social media I’m usually very aware of the ads that pop up and news stories that I see. I know that most of those things are marketed by companies who are trying to make a profit. As someone that enjoys psychology, I can appreciate the ingenuity of their marketing techniques while taking the messages with a grain of salt. In terms of the things that my friends post, I see a lot of variety. I see both very liberal and very conservative ideas. This allows me to consider many sides of an issue when I decide what I believe.
When I use Pinterest I see a whole multitude of things ranging from crafts to quotes to societal commentary. Pinterest is unique because it shows you things that are similar to what you’ve looked at before, this gives me a lot of control over what types of things I see. I generally see a lot of positive things on Pinterest because I only click on positive things. This particular media has been especially useful in helping me to be aware of the media that I consume because there are a lot pins about media literacy.
When I listen to music I usually listen to the songs that I’ve downloaded or Pandora. This gives me control over the music that I listen to. I can hand pick a playlist from my i-tunes music. On Pandora they play songs that are similar to what I’ve liked before and they stop playing things that I’ve disliked in the past. I have a strict policy when it comes to music, I refuse to listen to anything that objectifies people. I like for my music to have a purpose. I don’t enjoy songs about romance or drinking. I fine tune the music media that I consume so that it meets my needs and accommodates my interests.
When it comes to movies I generally watch things with purposeful content. I watch movies that emphasize things like bravery, equality, family, love, diversity, and hope.
I do not regularly use any news services. The news generally focuses on the negative. When I hear about a news event indirectly, if I feel that it is important enough, I look it up and read a variety of articles on the topic from different sources.
When my parents watch the news I might tune in. They use a few different channels, but all of them are very conservative. It would be a good thing for us to look at news events from other perspectives.
Media can serve us in a variety of ways. It can be a tool for us to connect with other people and it can help us to stay in the know. However, it’s important that we are aware of the media that we consume.