When I am brave, an uncomfortable question comes up: Why am I consuming this media?
I like to believe it is to increase my knowledge by gaining new information, but that is rarely true. Perhaps then, to experience the joy of having new thoughts while consuming mindlessly, which never works out.
In truth, most of the time I consume to be placated. To distract me and feel better at this moment.
In the more dangerous moments, I consume because I want to be persuaded. I want to be persuaded that consuming media will make me happier.