When you are traveling and you turn on the TV in your hotel what is the first channel you look for? For me, this is an easy brainer, its CNN. When I travel outside of the US or even within the US, I turn to CNN to bring me a sense of home and comfort. For others, when they travel, finding food from their own state or area brings them this same sense of comfort but for me, its watching CNN or reading the New York Times. At home, I constantly have CNN on in the background of whatever else I am doing. Therefore, when I am out of my own culture or comfort zone, watching CNN is something I can depend on to link me back to home and my daily routine. Even when I lived in the Czech Republic for 4 months and I did not have a TV, I was able to stream and watch CNN from my computer, filing my gap of lost connection to home.
In the article “Media and the Reinvention of the Nation,” author Silvio Waisbord notes that the media has the ability nurture a sense of home, collectivity, and community linked to our nationhood to each of us (389). From watching CNN, reading an American newspaper, or going to see an American movie when I am living abroad allows me to feel like I am once again connected to back home. From living in an era where the media is part of my everyday life, when I loose it, I am out of my comfort zone. I am not saying that it is not nice to go a week or so without watching tv or reading the newspaper, but for me that that week is a week of escaping reality. Therefore, the media is a part of my reality and without it, I feel lost.
Waisbord takes this notion further by explaining that the media provides a cultural sense of something to hold onto in the world, hence, cultural belonging. This demonstrate the extreme power and impact that the media has on each of us. The sense of belonging and community is something that almost all humans strive for. I feel as though CNN has a power over me and that my day doesn’t seem fulfilled if I haven’t read the newspaper or watch a good amount of CNN. I am not sure if I am ok with this notion, that I depend on something so much to feel satisfied and connected, but I am happy that I can at least acknowledge it.