Space

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With access to more news and social communities in one space our individual interpretation of the world deepens and our identities divide. When exploring the idea that the media shapes our sense of space there are many complex elements that expose this notion. What is interesting is how the broadcast media and the Internet influence and shape our experience of space.

In Hay’s article “My Space” he talks about the “link between communication and transportation”, with this concept in mind what is fascinating is that as communication technologies across space broaden, we have the ability to communicate to a wider social network and our desire to travel across space intensifies. This maybe, because despite where we are physically in the world we can always “stay in touch” and be connected to the people we want to. So we in reality we never feel as though we are far away from our support network, whether it is an online virtual community, your family or your high school friends they are always contactable through these communication technologies. The physical distance we are from each other doesn’t change but our perception of space does.

Moores argues that we “feel” through the broadcast media and this shapes our sense of space. He refers to Princess Diana’s funeral to describe how the millions of viewers felt a sense of grief and “felt as though they were there”, this is an example of the idea of the “doubling of place”. The fact that there is this sense of community and feeling we are part of something (without physically being there) while simultaneously being present in the physical world, demonstrates how our sense of space is influenced by the media and in particular how we experience space through the media.

I agree with Hay’s central argument that space is becoming increasingly central to “mobile media”. Building on this, I think it is important to consider nowadays that we create a sense of identity through online communities. We have dual identities: an online identity and an identity in the public (physical) space. We can reach wider social networks with this online identity and as a result of this we are experiencing a shift in power that would otherwise be impossible.

Our sense of space shifts between “locality”, to the broadcasting world and to our digital creations in the online community. What is crucial to see when considering these transitions is that we coexist between these worlds. They are not acting separately but simultaneously and are part of our everyday lives.

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2 Responses to “Space”

  1. sleung17 Says:

    I agree with you entirely on the fact that we have created for ourselves ‘dual identities’. On a different note, I notice that we use our virtual dual identity as a means to escape from our daily life; be it stress or just to procrastinate. MSN and FB as well as virtual games offer many people that escape, but I have mixed feelings sometimes whether it is a good thing or not?

    • emmanicole11 Says:

      I absolutely agree people use this online identity to escape from the real world and even more try and make up for what they are not in the real world. It goes back to what was mentioned in the lecture and also in the reading that the obese can become slender, ordinary-beautiful and so on.

      I also have mixed feelings about whether or not it is a good thing, On the one hand i think that the creation of another self (in a sense) offers the ability to see things in a different perspective. On the other hand i think this sense of reality may possibly be hurting the individual because in the physical world they will never actually be their online alias.

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