Unless you’re a caveman or a hermit in the woods, media is almost unavoidable in today’s world. This is the somewhat unfortunate realization I came to after going without it for an entire two days.
After completing my log of two day’s worth of media consumption, I realized the next step, going without media for two days, was going to be extremely difficult. Unfortunately, I was right.
Regularly using media, the Internet and TV, to help myself wake up, my mornings were a lot less than pleasurable. However, they were still manageable and not as bad as I had expected. Also usually consuming media on the way to class by use of my iPod, my walk was definitely different than what I’m used to, but not necessarily worse. In class, some forms of media, the teacher using the computer and Internet for presentations, YouTube, and other educational videos, were unavoidable and involuntary. Unfortunately, using my computer, watching TV, and playing video games were all voluntarily avoidable, making my free time more boring than usual, yet still somewhat enjoyable.
In all honesty, I was not as successful in avoiding media as I had hoped to be. Whether it be getting food in the dinning hall, sitting in my room, or walking down the street, I could not avoid media in forms of advertisements in the dinning hall, my roommate watching TV, and advertisements on the side of the road. The only way to fully avoid media might just be to live alone in the mountains or just lock yourself in an empty room for two days with contact with the outside world.
At first, going without media feels a bit awkward. It feels like walking out of your house without wearing any pants. However, as the time without media went on, I felt a feeling of liberation. Maybe pants aren’t really all that necessary after all.
My time without media showed me that I should probably consider cutting back on my media usage. While an intricate part of daily life in this society, life is still livable, and sometimes more enjoyable, without so much media exposure.