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PROCESS POST #11: WHY AM I HERE?

There is something I have been thinking about not too profoundly but still enough to stop me from time to time and go “oh?” lately. Why am I here on the internet? What purpose does my existence here serve? What am I trying to get out of this? I wish I had better answers to these questions right now, but as I am still in the phase of growth, I can only say

“Why does that matter so much?” After much thought, I realized that my existence on the internet does not need to have a purpose (for now) as I am here because I want to be here. Sometimes, fulfilling my need to feel happy is enough. I should sometimes stop trying to look for “purpose” in something when it already makes me happy. So, I am here because it makes me happy. I don’t know how it makes me happy but I feel happy because I can express myself.

“In an effort to explain how certain standards develop for where to post certain kinds
of communication to certain kinds of audiences, Ilana Gershon (2010) offers, “people
figure out together how to use different media and often agree on the appropriate social
uses of technology by asking advice and sharing stories with each other” (p. 6). She calls
these perspectives on appropriate use media ideologies. So while there are a number of
choices on what platform to, say, discuss what it means to be asexual or to share a meme
that uses a joke that mostly only asexuals would understand, one’s media ideologies are
often key factors in choosing platforms over others.2 In a polymedia environment, media
ideologies help one decide where to communicate certain kinds of ideas. With counterpublic communication, which is often happening among relatively small groups of people, the ability to reach an appropriate audience is especially important. With changes in platforms and networks of users, media ideologies shift.” (Renninger, pg.1517)

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