Why do I ‘heart’ my media?

I have lived in a dormitory since 9th grade. When I first entered the dormitory, my sister was in sixth grade. She was very young to recognize that her sister would not come home often in the future. Before that, we were sisters who always looked and acted like twins. However, in different environments, we have become dissimilar.

Two years later, when I became 11th grade, I could no longer have a pleasant conversation with my sister as before. There were almost no common topics between us. It was impossible to spend time together because both had to focus on their studies. At that time, I was scared that I could never laugh and chat with my sister again like this.

It was just a TV show that caught us again, who seemed to be moving away endlessly. That spring, there was an audition program that was very popular in Korea. Many trainees participated in the program, and my sister and I sincerely cheered for some of them. As I needed as many votes as possible, I looked for people around me watching the same program. At that moment, I accidentally found out that my sister was watching the same program. We talked about the same topic for a long time. I think the phone call I made in the dormitory that day was almost over two hours.

With that opportunity, I began to get closer to my younger sister little by little. My sister also went to dormitory high school; we couldn’t see each other for two months a year. But that fact didn’t matter at all. We consumed the same media and talked on the same platform. Even if either of them missed the time zone when the program aired, we could know the contents through replay or numerous clips. Physical distance was not a problem at all. The time difference could not be an obstacle to our conversation either. That’s one of the reasons why I had a crush on media.

I am currently in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and my sister is in Seoul, South Korea. But we are still close sisters. There is a distance between her and me that takes 11 hours of flight and a time difference of 7 hours. However, we can still laugh and chat on the same topic. One happiness brought by modern technology is that you can read, hear, and talk to the same content on the other side of the world.

student number: 13557793


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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