Nicole’s daughter experiences the world with parent guidance.
Now, I didn’t know the term “media literacy” at the time, and I’m sure my lecture went completely over my little one’s head, but the seed was planted in both of us—how do we navigate—not to mention teach our children to navigate—this incredibly complex world of media generated messages that skew reality, distort our relationship to others as well as ourselves and our own bodies, and leave us always hungry for more, never satiated?
I felt a responsibility to my daughter, and to all of us (let’s be honest, we as adults could use some guidance when it comes to the consumption of media as well – we are not always the most skilled at sensing the limits of what is best for us), to help to develop a plan, a map that would lead us from here to a there where we weren’t so influenced and manipulated by the forces of the media around us; where we could learn to say “no” when the messages we were receiving were contrary to the inner peace we were seeking to create, to help to mold and shape the messages that were surrounding us.
This is how I was introduced to media literacy. In watching our culture succumb to unnecessary pressures, this is how I became an advocate for those trying to change our relationship to the messages we receive, for those dedicated to restoring us to ourselves.