What Kind of Media Consumer am I?
There are people out there that wade in the stream of mass media with reckless abandon, trying to experience everything that the world of entertainment and news has to offer. These are the kinds of people that write their own blogs on a regular basis and maintain their MySpace pages daily. The kind of people who might surf YouTube for the latest clips then flip on the TV to see what is happening on MTV.
I am not that kind of media consumer. I prefer to pick and choose very specific types of mass media to patronize. I don't check my email daily and if it weren't for educational TV I probably wouldn't ever touch my remote. Using the stream analogy, I would be more like a fisherman on the banks. I cast my line into the stream looking to pick out only those types of media that I want. I know what I am looking for and don't waste my time on media that doesn't fit into my criteria. I then reel in my media, gut it, clean it, cook it and ingest it. I don't just experience my media, I dissect it. There are forms of media that I do indulge in and spend most of my media consumption time with. Those, of course, are video games. But even in this form of media I am still highly selective of what I play and I take the time to consider what I am playing. I try to fit whatever game I am playing into my greater knowledge of what video games are and how they effect my life. So for now, I am the lonely sniper on the battlefield of media, choosing who lives and who dies.