What is media? For many people, myself included, the first thing that pops into our heads is TV, social media (that one even has the word “media” in it), movies or radio. There are so many things that could fall into the category of media, the sky is literally the limit. While we all sort of know what things fall into the category of “media,” can we define what the word “media” means? That’s a little harder.
I’ve always had a hard time defining words, especially words that encompass so many diverse aspects. What do TV and movies have in common? Well, they’re both viewed on a screen. But then what do movies and radio have in common? That one’s a little harder. It’s as if we can see all of these different connections between one thing and another but connecting the whole group becomes more difficult. How, then, are we supposed to do that?
Dictionary.com defines the word “media” as: “the means of communication, as radio and television, newspapers, and magazines, that reach or influence people widely.” I think this definition is a good place to start. Media is a definitely a means of communication, a way to spread some sort of message. However, I believe that limiting it to any particular type or means of spreading that message is far too constricting. If I were to define the term “media” I would say it is: A way through which individuals spread a message. I do not consider myself an expert by any means and this definition is definitely not the best one you will ever see. It does, however, convey the very basic purpose of media and leaves it open to future changes that will be made in the area of communication.