Every single human, albeit on dramatically varying degrees, has an individual media space and most will also have a presence/identity on any number of online media platforms (or spaces) such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Spotify, Tumblr & Reddit. I like to interpret the ‘Media Space’ in a literal way…
If someone was to ask me what my predominant ‘media space’ is which no-one did before Monday (shocker), then I would definitely answer them with a fairly elaborately staged and filtered photo of my desk.
But really, I spend a fair chunk of my free time (and all of my study time) at this desk. I blog, I tweet, I retweet, I download, I upload, I watch, I listen, I play and almost the entirety of my media, advertising and all, is consumed here.
Its a salient point that as well as being the most accessible media for me, my favourite media space is also in the privacy of my own room. So I figure that unlike other media spaces whose content may be restricted or censored perhaps because of its public nature, mine is the most authentic to me and my interests.
When it was suggested in the first lecture that WIFI in public spaces facilitates a social ‘space’, I completely agreed. However I don’t believe that facilitation of social environments is limited to public spaces. From my home media space I can access a broad range of aptly named ‘social’ media, mostly Facebook and Twitter.
I’m totally aware that in the grand scheme of things, ‘Media Space’ as a term is a lot more complicated. Even when I think about the word ‘space’ an array of related words come to mind…
Position, place, capacity, scope, boundaries.
Stemming from this, an alternative interpretation of Media Space could be that it refers to an individual’s collective presence over a number of media spaces and mediums. The media platforms that allow an individual to broadcast their identity/ies becomes the personal ‘space’ of that media user and remains so regardless of how it is accessed.
Considering this, engaging in the different interpretations of media spatiality can give heaps of insight into why Media, Audience & Place may have three different lines of discourse however, are actually codependent.