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So, media! Media is literally available from the moment my eyes open to the moment I close them.
I’m someone who sees a new food or beauty product, and I gotta try it! Media probably dictates around 50% of my purchases, whilst media dictated the other half previously and now I’m stuck with them as I like them!
In anyone tv show there are 3-4 advert breaks of around 4 minutes each, showing 3+ ads. During the soaps there’s 8 lots of ads.. showing anywhere upwards of 24 ads… And they go past in the blink of an eye.
In my recent copy of glamour there are 100 pages of adverts, in a magazine of 258 that’s more than a third of full page ads, not including the subtle adverts on each page. That make you think you need something!
Media in my mind is about creating a need, want and a lifestyle. A feeling that whatever the product is… You need it, your life will not be complete without it and you will never live without it again!
I’m writing this feeling almost ashamed that I’m so led by the media. My every day influenced so heavily, whether it’s by social media, tv media or radio media. Social media gives me ideas from what pictures I take, the food I eat, what I drink, how I sleep…. Literally everything and with both Pinterest and Google being my go to searchers, I can literally find anything… ANYTHING!
Do we as a culture accept that media can literally control our minds, control what we purchase? we don’t even realise. The newspapers can choose to show something, and hide something else. The media sweep so many things under the carpet… I’m starting to the think Aladdin’s magic carpet might be entirely real!
Before the internet, newspapers and any type of actual media… What did people do? Are we ‘better off’ for having it? Or will media control us to extinction?
Love Sooz x