“A media space is a system that uses integrated video, audio, and computers to allow individuals and groups to work together despite being distributed spatially and temporally”- Barry Wellman
Media spaces are constantly changing and evolving. As a young child, I was always involved in the media as my parents worked as film producers. As I grew older we constantly had the latest in media technology, meaning I was always exposed to media spaces.
“The entry of the Internet into the everyday lives of millions of people across the globe has begun to transform many different aspects of our material lived experience such as those of identity, community, and interpersonal interaction”- Ananda Mitra
Technically my introduction into media spaces was a while ago, but I wasn’t able to fully experience the ‘media’ as I was too young. My true introduction into media spaces was through YouTube in early high school. Youtube continues to be one of the main media platforms I use in my everyday life. But as I’ve grown older and began a media and communications course at university I have begun to be more active in my interaction with media platforms. For example, I now have my own YouTube channel, allowing me to connect with millions of people around the world in a creative outlet.
From my introduction into the media space about 5 years ago to now, a lot has changed, not only in the spaces themselves but also how I interact with them.
An interesting occurrence I have noticed in terms of my experience with media and ‘space’ is that my interaction with social media encourages me to enter new spaces on and offline. Specifically for Instagram, it’s quite a usual habit for friends and I to take a day to travel around to new places and post interesting pictures of those spaces to Instagram
When I spoke to my closest friend about her introduction into the media space she recalled that it was when her mother travelled overseas when she was a small child “I remember calling her on video chat, and she would show me around where she was staying, it made me feel like I wasn’t alone and that she was still close to me even though she was thousands of miles away”. When I compared this to my introduction into the media space it was clear that the main attachment to the media was the connections it gave us, it allowed us to exist in multiple spaces at once and defying the laws of human connections.
It will be interesting to see where it takes us from here.
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