How does the media and culture impact YOU? Day One of M.S. 20
1. The media impacts the way I see my body. If it’s not one person saying, “you’re to thin, go eat a burger” it’s another person asking me if I’m anorexic. The media honestly confuses me because you’ll see things like: “If you’re skinny, you’re not going far. You have to be curvy and large to be loved and wanted!” but then other places will say the exact opposite. Why should our bodies DEFINE who we are? I’ve learned to not allow media to take a toll on how I act, and look but words can still break a person down physiologically.
2. What I eat, and where i eat it. When I go on social media, lets use instagram from example, & the health gurus I follow. They make non-sugary, healthy foods look so good! This influenced me to eat as healthy as possible — and yes that DOES include the disgusting kale smoothies every now and then! Now because I am a petite person I often get told (yes told not asked) to eat more unhealthy foods to gain weight in a unhealthy manor. This effects where I eat and who I eat around. Due to the obnoxious gestures of others it truly makes me fear what those around me think.
3. Media pushed me to focus on my studies. When I was no older than thirteen I was browsing through a magazine, at the time I hated school, with a great passion. I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to move to some sort of big city, and make movies. Little did I know all the work it would take to get there. Anyways, I came across a ad in the magazine that labeled itself “NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY. Learn by doing”. To me, this was a sign, a sign from God. The minute I saw that ad I ripped it out the of magazine and posted it on my wall. I went on my computer and researched everything I could about this university. I knew if I wanted to get there, my grades would have to sky rocket within the next 5 years or there would be no hope. Needless to say, a simple ad in a magazine changed my mind on how I viewed school.
4. Media shows me how much good is in our world. Now many people with disagree with that statement right there, no questions asked. However, if you really dig deep into news, listen to radio shows, or even read a internet article you’re going to realize how much good there is. I suffered from depression, and still deal with anxiety, and post traumatic depression, at a point in my life I didn’t want to live, and I still have my bad days. But without social media, music, and the culture around me, I don’t think I would be alive to see today. Over the years I’ve made amazing friends over the internet, who’ve helped me get passed rough patches, read some encouraging things, listened to some great bands and brought myself back up. I find that people like to lemon-coat (opposite of sugar-coat, cause it’s so sour) the negativity in the world. They like to show that, and only that. What about the good? How come the man who saved so many from suicide (http://gawker.com/5563648/meet-the-australian-whos-saved-160-people-from-suicide) didn’t make as big of a headline as the man who killed 8 people did (http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/12/31/edmonton-police-say-man-kills-8-people-before-committing-suicide/)? We as a society need to start focusing on the good instead of the bad. When we focus on the good it will outbalance the bad.