Why do I love media? At first I didn’t know how to answer such a broad question but I guess it boils down to the fact that Media has always played a vital role in maintaining the relationships to those I love most in this world. I come from two different countries on two different continents so whatever home country I was living in I have alway been away from half of my family.
Some of my earliest childhood memories include skyping with my father while he was in Jakarta and my mother, sister and I squeezed in front of her Computer in our Apartment in Berlin. The bad Audio and always pixelated Visuals do to wifi connection being our main Problem when trying to spend quality time together.
Later when we moved to Indonesia the only way of communicating with my grandparents was over the phone or over Skype. Media has always let me stay connected with my family and it allowed my father and Grandparents to watch me and my siblings grow up, even though we didn’t live in the same country.
When I was in Primary school the decision was made for us to move back to Germany which made me really sad, because I would have to leave all of my friends behind. So I begged my mom to let me make a Facebook account to stay in touch with all of my friends from school. So at the age of 10 years old I was making new friendships at my new school in Germany as well as maintaining all of my old ones online 10.787 kilometers away.
My Sister who is the closest person to me, lived in a different country for 5 years and we became even closer than before over whatsapp video calls, voice messages and videos throughout the day of what we were doing. It’s the most familiar relationship I have and it benefited greatly from being able to communicate through Media.
I love Media because it represents Love, Possibility and Connection.