Defined as a variety of tools for communicating, media is now virtually every technological device in our daily life, including those that stay by our side, yet are not noticed by us. As a tool, media helps to share every single detail of life to others, such as different trends in fashion and furniture. In this way, media makes our life better and more relaxing. Being a form of communication (Zhia Zariko, 2018), media also a good source of entertainment after a hard time at work or study.
With the above reasoning, I consider myself to be a media user as well, as a human still trying to connect to mainstream society. It is frequent to see people, including myself, surfing the Internet and using social media platforms. I might say it has become a normal part of our daily lives now, and many can hardly survive a day without going on a social network.
Usually, I use social networks to do some research for my study as an animator, self-teaching along the way through others’ experience. Sometimes, I read the headline or breaking news, checking the temperature outside before I head off to campus or city all via the internet and chatting with my friends via Facebook. Now, the question is: ”What is Facebook?”
According to Daniel Nations, “Facebook is a social networking website and service where users can post comments, share photographs and links to news or other interesting content on the Web, play games, chat live, and stream live video. Shared content can be made publicly accessible, or it can be shared only among a select group of friends or family, or with a single person.” (Daniel Nations, 2018)
Generally, its contents do convey hidden messages, mainly for marketing purposes (The top 20 valuable Facebook statistics, 2018), they let people watch advertisements before they get to watch short videos on Facebook free of charge. Yes, nothing online is free (Michael Walls,n.d)
More or less, this does affect me as someone in a creative industry. In other words, it brings both negative and positive sides like a double-edged sword. Working in the media industry, that is one of many ways you can make money out of it, to save your starving soul and desperate physical body. Obviously, surfing Facebook all day is a waste of time and it is too easy to distract yourself from the real world experiences. Furthermore, if you are a vulnerable person, you might be a victim of cyberbullying as well. Facebook reflects the multifaceted of society that we must learn how to live with and we cannot avoid it even if we try our best.
In my opinions, everything has their own indisposable problems. That is why I still think that Facebook is a fantastic piece of media that gave me a lot of lessons I might not actually learn in real life.
- Zhia Zariko, (2018, March 1) Retrieved from student email
- Daniel Nations, (2018, February 2). LifeWire. Retrieved from https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-facebook-3486391
- The top 20 valuable Facebook statistics, (2018, February 16). Zephoria digital marketing. Retrieved from https://zephoria.com/top-15-valuable-facebook-statistics/
- Michael Walls, (n.d). Retrieved from http://search-engine-upgrade.com/online-common-sense.asp