My relationship with mass media

Not only are we always interacting with humans, but we are also constantly surrounded by media.

I started reading at 2 years old and have imbibed words ever since. I wrote my first short story when I was five and my first news piece about eight years later.

I started reading at 2 years old and have imbibed words ever since. I wrote my first short story when I was five and my first news piece about eight years later.

Over all types of media, I prefer books. I read as often as I can for pleasure, and the books I read for class I enjoy analyzing and discussing. I am on the committee for the Book Club in my high school, and my favorite book is A Separate Peace.

Newspapers are also important to me. I am currently the Features Editor of my school paper, but I am sad to say I do not often read newspapers in this fast-paced world.

Magazines, however, are a more manageable means of obtaining the news. Before Newsweek folded (cries hysterically), I read each issue cover to cover as often as I could. Now, I read Time magazine.

Another form of mass media I enjoy is the movies. I don’t watch them often (see: high school student with no free time), but I watch TV shows more frequently since they can be experienced in shorter doses. Although I’m almost always episodes behind, I enjoy Grey’s Anatomy and New Girl openly, and Glee is my guilty pleasure. It’s so bad it’s good.

Radio is another form of media I wish I had more time for. NPR is godsent, but I can only listen to the program when I can afford it my full attention. When I can, it’s so, so great.

During the school year, the thing I miss  most -more than sleep, more than getting through a day without breaking down- is watching the news. I truly am a news junkie and now receive updates from news sites to my cell phone so I don’t have to miss it too much.

When I visited China two summers ago, Twitter and Facebook were sacrilege. I do have a penpal who lives in China, and we are able to communicate via email. I have never mentioned the disallowed sites, but I wonder what she would say.

While I do not plan to go into journalism in college, I intend to major in Creative Writing. Writing, especially satire, can certainly be a means to provide people with information.

Ultimately, I have a love-hate relationship with all the forms of mass media. That is, I love them to death but hate that I don’t have enough time to devour them all.

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