Are you a media-phile? I’ll bet you are and don’t even know it. What’s a “mediaphile”? Someone who has the same excitement for pop culture media as a bibliophile has for books. No, it’s not just TV stuff like America Has Talent or Game of Thrones, it’s all the “screen” time we spend on TVs, smart phones, audio streaming, gaming, and social media, which may or may not include the aforementioned programs.
When I read James Poniewozik’s, The Paradox of Television’s New Golden Age, and You Don’t Have Time to Watch it; (Time Magazine, The View, June 22, 2015), it had me pause for introspection. Am I a mediaphile? I mean, sure, I do social media, check emails on my smart phone, chill out with a few tunes and stare at nothing, watch a little TV at night. The suffix –phile, seems rather extreme, like foodophiles, Potterphiles, or spermophiles (okay you pottyminded-philes, it’s not what you think; see below). Mediaphile conjures visions of attending weekly Media Anonymous intervention meetings. Hi, my name is DT. I’m a mediaphile. Of which fellow participants somberly greet, Hi DT, followed by a reminder to turn off our smart phones. Sidebar questions like Have you seen the last three episodes American Horror Story, are greatly discouraged.