Why I heart my media

When I was about 14 years old I started playing mmos like Perfect World International, tera, BnS and World of Warcraft. Through those games I met a lot of people from different countries and cultures. One person who stood out is a guy from India. His name was Aditya and he was hated by the community. Everyone thought he was untrustworthy due to him being an Indian man. And I admit I let that affect me too. I was cautious around him but I learned that he was not untrustworthy at all. He taught me about prejudice, he taught me to be tolerant and he taught me that understanding one another is so very important. He became one of the best friends I’ve ever had.

To me that really is the magic of mmos and social media. Meeting people you’d never be able to meet otherwise. Learning about other cultures and learning how other people live. We need to stand together and support each other.

We can’t do that if we don’t understand each other.

We can’t do that if we don’t open ourselves up to learning about each other.

I heart my media because it brings that understanding just a bit closer.


Published by Life in Media

Website dedicated to the Media Life/Life in Media project of Mark Deuze, Professor of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

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