By Margaret Wallace
My earliest media memory is watching “The Wizard of Oz,” which is ironic, considering that is a movie from an era of media almost 60 years before I was born. It’s strange how media can make you feel certain things, even when you are not necessarily prompted to do so.
I can vividly recall sitting on the living room floor of my grandmother’s house at only 2 or 3 years old, feeling a strange sense of nostalgia while watching “The Wizard of Oz,” although I was not even old enough to know what nostalgia was, or that my favorite film was one created before my grandmother had even been born.
Yet, somehow, even at such a young age, I could recognize the differences in the media I was used to seeing and the media of a past generation. I believe this is a testament to how much media impacts us all.
Although it is easy to see how media affects almost everyone today, media has been having massive effects on people since it’s dawn. Therefore, it has changed. Media is constantly affecting us all. Because of this, it is ever-changing, as people are ever-changing.
Growing up, I had the luxury of having media outlets, such as television and internet, at my immediate disposal- a world much different than that of my parents, where media was often a privilege.
It’s even stranger to think about the changes in media in the short time from my childhood to now. Looking back, I realize I grew up in a different time, technologically speaking, from the one my young siblings are growing up in now. With the growth of technology, inevitably comes the the growth and expansion of media.
Only 10 years ago, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram did not exist. Now, they are the center of so many people’s daily lives. When I was a child, the closest thing to social media that I had access to were online gaming websites. Now, my younger siblings intertwine media and social media daily. Whether it be through radio, television, cinema or social media, media changes us as much as we change it.