Most massive culture shaping media platforms communicate — and even enforce — ways of being and not being in the world. Take a standard magazine like GQ, for instance: when we turn its pages or peer at its digital articles, we're encountering particular ideas about how to look, talk, think, and act like a man.
It's all there, and whether we think we are or not, we're being influenced.
But what about on the smaller culture shaping media platforms we encounter on our social media feeds that we share with family, friends, and acquaintances? Well, we're still encountering and observing ideas about how to be and not to be. And while some of these are positive, not all of them are helping us all that much.
In other words, it's important to be careful about the ways you allow media to shape your ideas about how to be and how not to be.