Most of us imagine space as a physical element, a visible location, for example, my house, the university, or more specifically the BCM240 lecture room where I am sitting at now. But we rarely think about the extensive space, that we may encounter in our social world with our possible relationships, interactions and emotions. In other words, the space that I meant was the place where we live in, it forms our identity and our presence is marked. It could be “Hong Kong” – A City in China, it could be final year in “Bachelors and Communication and Media Studies” or it could be “Determined Media User”
Cultural geographers argue that space is not a fixed or material container for things, people, or time. Space is the “simultaneity of stories-so-far” (Massey, 2005).
It is unsure of since when humans are telling stories. We sit in lectures and listen to the stories of how our life is a vast space of stories or I am at home typing blogs and tell my stories to the universe by using media. In both ways I am utilizing the media to tell these stories. Every second there are innumerable of stories produced. I can answer the question “Where am I?” because life is an ongoing process of endless stories, each story supports the next one. Media places an important role in constructing our life and community.
“We interpret our present experience not as isolated moments but as part of an ongoing story” (Windt, 2015).
Media space have modified how we tell stories, older generation used to send
hand written letters, have meetings face to face for exchanging ideas, information or expressing feelings. But Our Generation is lucky to be living in digital world, where we are not limited to just real life but are extended to the virtual world thanks to the Internet. Social media platforms like Facebook (Facebook status), Instagram (Instagram photo), Twitter can reach to enormous audience when comparing to other typical means of communication. Media allows us to access the house of stories rather than living in the dead flat and it also allows us to share and narrate our stories by constructing meaningful social life to the audiences. Stories indicate something about oneself and where we are in our lives.
Khan Sultana Nazish
Massey, D 2005, For space, SAGE publications.
Windt, JM 2015, Dreaming: A conceptual framework for philosophy of mind and empirical research, MIT Press.