I Lay it On the Line

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).

What would you do if you meet the love of your life?

He then put up posters to find the girl.

Are You Her?

Because of what he has done in order to find the girl, his efforts became news worthy as well.

Lookin for Love? Publish it. (Nah)

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.

A televised first kiss 🙂
And a headline the next day!

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.

Obviously, this poster failed to do its job.

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.

Even their meeting place became public!

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 🙂

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. xydc says:

    The Internet can almost do anything! We establish connections and relationships through it. We survive academics through it, as well. We do business, and we socialize here, too. We can actually lock ourselves in our homes and still survive if we have an Internet connection.
    If Kevin (ehem to us) would just google the name of the girl, the movie would not have been shown. 🙂 Oh the things people do for love. Like you, I would not put up posters or even billboards for someone, even if I like him so much. 🙂

  2. KC says:

    Yes! If he just googled who that girl is, then a sweet, mushy love story like On the Line would not be shown, and for a girl like me who loves such cheesy stories, it would be a big deal. haha 😀 But yes, the Internet could do a lot if ever a story like this happens in real life. 🙂

    It would be wonderful though if a love story like this would happen in real life (or maybe it’s just the hopeless romantic in me speaking). And the leading guy sure has a nice name 😀

  3. Oh I’ve got to watch this movie. I agree with you, the internet relieves the need to do the stuff the guy did. But don’t you think still doing so would be so romantic? Oh, that noble, stubborn, foolish little thing called love. Feels so good. 😛

  4. KC says:

    But don’t you think still doing so would be so romantic? Oh, that noble, stubborn, foolish little thing called love. Feels so good.

    I couldn’t agree more 😀 Probably it is also because of the presence of the internet that we forget things like these. We want things to be easy, thus lessening the “swoon” factor of romantic things. Watch the movie! You’ll see how much the guy worked just to find out the girl’s name 🙂

  5. I certainly will watch it. Hmmm, this movie, reminds me of another movie. 😛 Maybe angels have no names. Only beautiful faces. 😉

  6. barrycade says:

    nice movie to prove the point on the Internet. but i agree with some comments that some traditional ways make love more exciting. hahaha. i mean, yeah, it’s easy to Google someone, but it doesn’t quite prove the immensity of the emotion. besides, where’s the fun in just Googling? 😉

    1. KC says:

      “besides, where’s the fun in just Googling?”

      Haha, yes, Sir Barry. Sometimes, our dependence on the Internet and New Social Media affects the way we show how we feel. Doing things like putting up posters to search for someone instead of just hitting “search” on Google would make the other person feel his or her worth. 🙂 Thank you for the comment, sir!

  7. Jenny says:

    “Life without the Internet is shown by this movie, and frankly, I don’t want a life like that”

    I spent the first twelve years of my life knowing nothing about the internet. But that does not make me sad at all because it made my life experiences richer. And even if I am now part of the world wide web and somehow hooked up to the internet, I can still imagine life without it. 🙂 But I understand why you don’t want a life without it. 🙂 I know how it has made things a lot easier and more convenient.

  8. kitsatwork says:

    Hello KC! You’re definitely right in pointing out that the Internet could’ve ended Kevin’s search for the girl MUCH SOONER. But when it comes to love, you’d want someone who’s willing to go through hell for you and not just settle for the easy way, yes? 🙂

    PS. I cannot believe i haven’t seen this movie!!!

    1. KC says:

      “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. ;)”

      I take this back! HAHAHA. And I agree with your comment, khits: “when it comes to love, you’d want someone who’s willing to go through hell for you and not just settle for the easy way, yes? :)” I can only imagine how much “kilig” I could get if someone does everything for me. 😉

      PS. I have a copy of the movie if you want. 🙂 It’s a little hard to search for it in the internet (of course, the internet has its limitations too. :P)

  9. I loved this movie, boy bands FTW! By the way, did you see the end clipping with Justine Timberlake and JC? Oh N’Sync and the boy band era…

    Anyway, I do agree that traditonal ways are definitely more romantic (I would rather receive real roses than digital ones), but you can also make online stuff romantic, if you reallly really really really think about it, not to mention if you really mean it. Why not create a viral video, announcing your love to world? Design your farm in farmville in tribute to that special someone or worship your loved one via facebook status messages. I think it may just be a matter of thinking creatively.

    STILL! Traditional ways are the best, so I would rather have traditional ways PLUS these extra ones. ^______^

    1. KC says:

      Eya! I loved the movie as well, not just because it’s a boyband movie but also because of the story (obviously!) Hey, It’s Justin Timberlake and Chris Kirkpatrick, and I watched that too 😉

      Yes, I agree with your point that it’s really the effort and the act itself that counts. But it’s sad that the internet does not give you the chance to physically keep remembrances that you can hold anytime and read over and over (e.g. facebook status messages vs. a love letter written in scented stationery:)) So I guess both should come together, traditional ways and virtual stuff. It’s not a biggie to do all these things if you love a person THAT much. 🙂

  10. heartsandsky says:

    well, with all those comments I’ve read about this blog of yours, all I can say is that not all the times doing something fast translates into doing something best. Some things are best done when invested with precious time, especially those things that will last forever. 😀

    Sometimes when things are done fast or happen fast, you tend to forget them.

    1. KC says:

      Keren, you just summarized our comments. 🙂 Yes, things should be given precious time and effort if you want them to last forever. However, there are some things that we cannot get over with even if it just happened in a short span of time.

      1. heartsandsky says:

        Yah, I know what you mean. Why did the picture of that awesome guy quickly come into my mind?! Haha.. Indeed, there are those split-of-a-second moments that matter much because of the long-lasting impact they have in our lives. 🙂

  11. juolpindo says:

    Internet made the impossible possible. The advent of social media made the improbable probable. I agree that putting up posters would not guarantee if the message will reach its target audience. Unlike the new social media that focuses on strategic niche audience, his strategy tedious and time consuming. I think this is how we are really trained – to focus on research to determine the target audience

  12. juolpindo says:

    Internet made the impossible possible. The advent of social media made the improbable probable. I agree that putting up posters would not guarantee if the message will reach its target audience. Unlike the new social media that focuses on strategic niche audience, his strategy tedious and time consuming. I think this is how we are really trained – to focus on research to determine the target audience

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