I created my original Twitter account when I was 16. I say ‘original’ because after approximately 7000 tweets and a load of cringeworthy love professions, I decided to delete the former account in favour of a new one — I have no doubt however that those awkwardly shared moments still circulate online somewhere. New to Twitter and a recently inducted One Direction fangirl, my first tweet would have been one professing my love for the infamous Harry Styles. I joined Facebook when I was in the eighth grade, but only with the permission of my mother of course. I was a fourteen year old trying desperately to be as connected as possible with my peers in an online setting and to be completely honest, sharing the love on Bebo just wasn’t cutting it anymore. I decided to curate my own Tumblr page five years ago. It was an account I tried to keep private in order to have my own personal space in this multifaceted web of communication, and to my surprise, it was found by my friends in a matter of seconds. I quickly learnt that nothing was private in a shared media space. Except perhaps an Instagram account? No, wrong again. Unless of course you decide to suffer the consequences of choosing to make your account private — one that means receiving more than 20 likes on a photo is something near of a miracle.
Working out where I belong in this complex media surrounding is proving to be taxing. As a newly turned twenty year old nearing on existential crisis — a daily occurrence many university students seem to share the experience of — I have no idea where I want to be, let alone how to get there. I’d like to say that I have my life together and am certain I want to be a journalist, or that I can definitely tell you why it is that I am studying a double degree, but the truth is, I can’t. I just did it — or am doing it — because I think I like it.
My name is Melissa. I am studying a Bachelor of Media and Communications and Arts and I am in my second year. My media space is undeniably different to your own, according to Shaun Wilson in ‘Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods,’ “All stories reflect the storyteller and where they are in their lives.” Now you know my story, what about yours?