By Annatv-set

In the 1940s if you were poor, you didn’t know it.  Or so says my grandpa, who was nine when his family first got a record player and 16 when they first got a car.  They didn’t have a bathroom in their house, but no one else in the neighborhood did either.

It wasn’t until the golden age of media and the first televised commercial in 1941 that people started to realize how others lived and how they could have the American Dream like everyone else because it was in their Manifest Destiny.

Even children growing up in the poorest regions of Cambodia watch TV, even if it’s only once a week huddled in a small hut with 40 other people.  They know who Barack Obama is and have as much hope in him helping them as we do.  They also know it is cool to be thin if you’re a female and muscular if you’re a male.

Though the media has caused those in poverty to know they’re in poverty and has influenced my generation’s daily patterns and thoughts, it has also informed us that there is poverty in Cambodia and that wars, genocide and famine are occurring in Africa today.  Perhaps we would know of these events without the media, but we would most likely be unaware of the hundreds of non-profits going to help those in need.  In fact, non-profits would not exist to the extent they do today without the media.

Take the media with its pros and cons, its Bill O’Reillys and its Jim Cramers.  But remember discernment and remember the poor, who, though they may have a television, do not have AIDS medication or a bathroom.  Represent yourself beyond what the media says you are and in doing so provide for those less fortunate.