Books are important and necessary for a child to begin shaping ideas and interpreting the world around them. Books given to youth typically can’t be too controversial, however, some controversy and varied ideas are needed for a child to form a heathy world view. Allowing parents to eliminate an idea from school libraries that they don’t personally agree with compromises the learning of students for the beliefs of the parents. Varying ideas and belief help children see the world as more than a fight of “right vs wrong”and instead promotes the idea that different doesn’t always mean bad.
Interviewing my 42 year-old father yielded results completely different from what I expected. I was surprised by our similarities in media usage and overall view of the media. My father, Sammy Range, is a frequent media user and relies on media for not only entertainment but for mostly information. With him being a freight truck driver it’s not surprising that most of his media usage comes through radio, however, I am quite surprised that YouTube is his favorite source of media much like myself. The internet seems like a centralizing medium that attracts people of most ages and backgrounds with varying motives for it’s use. Unlike my father who uses media primarily for informational use, I and most others of my generation find our entertainment through media. Being born into a world of unlimited information has desensitized us to the fact that we have it. We as a generation have become numb to the “information highway” while older generations are either fascinated or terrified of it, and as a result this drastically changes the how we use media compared to other generations rather than what media we use.
The mediums through which media is transferred are ever evolving to provide more accurate news to a greater number of people. As we learn more and more about our society we come to the realization that everything is not as tranquil as it may have seemed. New mediums such as the Internet allow for the worst of mankind to be broadcast to millions of eyes and ears around the world, and as you would expect this leads to people who are not well versed in modern to believe that the medium itself is cause this. The mediums in which we receive media doesn’t create the information, it acts more as a messenger for things that are already happening. Before the Internet and television situations like the Brock Turner rape, BLM, and the Ryan Locke scandal would have flown under the radar. Without a way to get information to different groups and people, our progress as humans would stagnate and we wouldn’t be able to improve. The media shows us how bleak the current world is and always has been, the difference now is that we have the knowledge to change it.