As Hippocratic as this may sound, seeing as I’m posting this on a form of media, so let me clarify, I simply want to send a message urging the average person to cut back on the time that they spend on the internet. So often I see this, a friend on their computer looking at stumble upon, pintrest, tumblr, wanelo, etc. or watching the television and seeing something or some character and saying to themselves or out loud “I want to go there” or “I want to make that” or even “I want to do that” but no matter what they always refer to it as “cool”. I have no problem with these statements, heck the internet is a wonderful tool for discovery and sharing, but because of the countless hours my friends log on these sites they never have the time or motivation to go to any of these places, or make any of these things, or do any of these activities! Instead they are seeing life through the eyes of others, vicariously living through their computer screen some other person’s life instead of their own. I will admit to having a stumble upon account and frequenting wanelo as well as being a fervent ‘How I met your mother’ watcher, but the difference is I actually do what I see! (within reason of course) Do not get me wrong, it has taken years of conscious actions for me to even be able to shut down my laptop and consider trying something new. Media has inspired me to do an experience so many new things and because I have control over myself and how many hours I choose to log on my computer and television set, I have a healthy balance between media and living life. I guess I’ve failed to mention my intention; if I can do it then so can you!
But were I ever to actually find the cajones and start a vendetta against media my symbol would probably be a mirror. In place of a t.v. or computer screen there would be a mirror with the words ‘to do’. This is to represent self concentration, that instead of looking at someone else’s life, the viewers sees themselves and their incomplete to-do list. My mask would be a face with a television as one eye and a laptop as the other so to symbolize the wearer as seeing and experiencing life through the media. The mouth of the mask will be slightly open in a hypnotized gape so as to show the power of fascination that the internet has over oneself. Ideally I would seek for there to be at least two hours a day that the internet shuts down all sites that are not strictly credited educational sites and research databases, and that televisions would only show educational programming, that way if the person is still unwilling to get off the computer or television, at least he/she is learning something.