Do digital contexts alter the way we relate to one another romantically? Of course they do! I’ve seen people use any and every means of socialization to relate romantically, or “flirt” with one another. From social media sites, to video chatting programs, and even to YouTube comment sections, people will use any possible means to interact with others; often with a seemingly heightened sense of confidence as well. Now while I do think these digital contexts are in fact offering new ways to express the relatively same relationships, I feel like the comfort level or “boldness” that social media outlets allow have the potential to slightly alter some relationships and interactions. It’s comparable to the stereotypical “drunk” flirty guy (or girl) who socializes in a lot less conservative manner than they typically would.
One issue that is often debated related to the new means of interaction is whether or not certain mediums are appropriate places to say and do certain things. Gershon refers to this concept when the discussion about media ideologies arise. According to the article, media ideologies are one’s “beliefs about how a medium communicates and structures communication.” It is “people’s understandings of how e-mail, phone, instant messaging (IM), and other media add important information to the message.” One example that the article gives of this is the classic “no-no”, never text a breakup. Some other things that people say are typically not great things to send via text message are located at the following link:
http://thoughtcatalog.com/2011/the-top-10-things-you-shouldnt-text/ and the briefly and the first picture presented
It’s obvious that these pictures serve to show what are and are not socially acceptable means of relaying certain points and messages, but in a way, the point that I think needs to be understood is that whether acceptable or not acceptable, the fact of the matter is that with every new medium that is created, another space for one to connect with another is created. “Unwritten rules” for these spaces may be placed into effect, but like the Brookey and Cannon article states, “cyberspace is thought to liberate the subject from the embodied constraints of RL (real life).” This not only applies for just cyberspace, but for all digital mediums available. People are going to use whatever means available to say and do whatever they please. Like I said before, digital, non-face-to-face- mediums make for a lot more comfortable individual.
Lastly, the Gross article points out a few of the tendencies regarding mainstream media. Too often we as society and those who use mainstream media regular may undervalue the internet the power it truly has. Gross’ article discusses how the internet and other mediums can create new communities and new ways to connect with one another. This ties right back in with discussion we had earlier with the first two articles.