Besties of the Internet

This definitely sounds like a cliché answer but the first thing that came to my mind when I was asked about why I heart my media is: it helps me connect with people. On the one hand, the media and social media that surrounds me enables me to stay in touch with family abroad or friends I met at different periods of my life. On the other hand, it also gives me the opportunity to meet new people whose path, I believe, I would not have crossed if it wasn’t for that Twitter app on my phone. In fact, during the first lockdown, talking to people online, whether they were my besties, long-distance friends or even complete strangers, became a massive part of my day. When all felt uncertain, and at times even boring, we could all come together and bond over our shared passions: music, films, books…. We texted, called, exchanged advice, shared fan-based edits of our favorite people, played online games, freaked out over our favorite artist(s) releasing new projects, basically stayed connected all day long as if we had known each other for years. Since that moment some of those have evolved in truly valuable friendships, completely overlooking the idea that if it wasn’t for a specific post, like or comment, we would never even have met. I guess this is an open letter to all the amazing people I have met on the Internet, whether we are still in touch or not does not actually matter, and they are the reason why I heart my media! (PS: sorry mom but turns out not everyone on the internet is actually a psychopathic serial killer)

Student ID: 13991957


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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