Messages don’t mean what they say, but what people understand.
Media plays a central role in our lives as a communication tool. Although it makes us feel connected to others, it also taps into our fears making us feel anxious. It then offers products, beliefs, fashion and trends to calm our fears. This is how media shapes our culture. We tend to follow this cycle unaware of its effects and power.
We are constantly exposed to media and social situations that can trigger anxiety, erode self-esteem, and contribute to other mental health issues such as distorted body image and eating disorders. If you want to be able to make decisions avoiding manipulation, it is important for you to understand how you make sense of what you see and hear. This is where Media Literacy training can be useful.
Now, I’m not advocating a fight against media. After all, it’s their job. Rather, that you gain the information and skills to understand how the cycles operate and how they affect you at an individual level. Once you can see this clearly, you can make choices with certainty and decide for yourself what you want to buy into – whether a product, a trend, or an ideology.
Media Literacy training can help you see clearly how meaning is formed through the media you come into contact with and how these meanings influence your feelings and decisions. It also…
- Enhances critical thinking skills and helps build resilience.
- Explains how we interpret meaning and develop beliefs.
- Develops awareness of how media shapes our actions, feelings and interactions.
Book one of our free 30 min sessions to find out more about our media literacy training.