I have always imagined that guy doing things I cannot even imagine just to prove how much he loves me. He will distribute posters and put up billboards only to look for me. And when we finally meet, rose petals will fall from the sky.
Nah. While I wanted to experience that, I don’t want him to go through weird experiences like that of (one of my) favorite movie’s main character, which is a classic example of the absence of New Social Media. 😉
On the Line is a 2001 movie that tells a story about a torpe (for lack of a better term) guy who met the love of his life on the train. They talked a lot and enjoyed each other’s company, but in the end, he forgot to ask her name and phone number (yes, silly. I know).
He then put up posters to find the girl.
Because of what he has done in order to find the girl, his efforts became news worthy as well.
In the end, he finds the girl, but by then, he has spent a lot of time and effort—when he could have had a better way.
What was wrong with his efforts to find the girl of his dreams?
Because of the absence of the Internet and new social media, he used posters, which is not actually a convenient form of getting your message across (in his situation, at least). He has made public what should be private. He disclosed personal information that ended him up with a lot of prank callers. He wasn’t even sure if his message would reach his prospect recipient.
Of course, he knew it didn’t. But people are all over him and watching his every move, so the people are watching his every move through the daily paper. When he realized what a mess it had been, he asks for forgiveness—through billboards.
Come on, he could have just googled the girl according to the information he got during their chat and added her on Facebook. No mess-ups, no shelling out of money. Funny as it may seem, reading an article about the Internet and having a class on new social media made me view this movie under a different light. What if Kevin (the leading man) just used Google to find the girl? Why didn’t he just use the Internet to announce that he is looking for the girl of his dreams? Or what if real life is like that? Would I have to put up posters and billboards to look for an acquaintance? I’d rather not.
Life without the Internet is shown by this movie, and frankly, I don’t want a life like that. New Social Media helps us a lot in making the unthinkable possible. And the next time we meet a person we like, we could use the Internet to further our connection. Oh Internet. You never fail to amaze me 🙂