Falling for media

My relationship with media has always been complicated, as is everyone else’s, I suppose. It’s always been hard for me to actively participate in online spaces. Although there’s millions of different communities online, I’d never been a part of any of them. I mostly observed what other people were doing, like watching a strange and convoluted movie. That is, until I created a community of my own. At first, I could remember the (user)names of everyone who was included in this space, but that hasn’t been the case for a few years now. I used to think that it was weird how much of an influence my online escapades had on my life ‘in the real world’. Now, I don’t think it’s surprising anymore. I’ve made and ended friendships; gotten the attention of people I admire and created an inside-joke about socks nobody outside of that tiny space on the internet will understand. Of course, everything’s not just sunshine and rainbows, but the positives definitely outweigh the negatives.

So, do I love media? Yes, I do.

I’m just wondering, did I become media while falling in love with it?

Asriel, student ID 12671037


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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