This is what I did a few weekends ago (try to understand media/go to Anime North).
You have to take the subway to the end of the line then catch a bus that takes forever. When it drops you off in the middle of nowhere, you'll be on the side of a six lane highway and reality will slowly become more more psychedelic.
Beth-ann Jones will brandish her sword at you an explain that anime can bring world peace.
Michael had a media pass - so we walked around interviewing people about their Anime North experiences. If you go, I highly recommend you do the same, sans official media cred.
By the time you're on the bus home you will be habituated to the surreality.
I doubt you will be any closer to understanding media.