What is Media?

Cecily Best

What is Media?

When I hear the word media the first thing that comes to my mind is art. If you have ever taken a high school art class you would know, in art the word media pertains to the materials you might use to create a work of art. Paint, canvas, clay and so on, are all mediums you use to make art. All the works of art from Picasso to Da Vinci are made out of some kind of media. I closely associate the word media with the word create. But, when I think the word media I also think about magazines like People, newspapers like The New York Times and shows like TMZ. They spread the word about what celebrities are doing and their latest mistakes and outfits. Media is a tool to keep the people up to date with what is going on in the world around them. But to be able to keep up with the times, you have to know what and how to read. The word for being able to read and write, as we all know, is literate; to be illiterate would be the exact opposite. Now when you put these two words into the phrase “Media Literate” it doesn’t mean to be able to read what you make your art project out of, it means to be able to access, read, and understand what is going on in the world, whether it is on a paper or on the internet.