So I'm writing a paper about "The Remediated Self" (has anyone read Remediation by Bolter and Grusin? well don't, unless you really like media theory!) for my media studies class and, basically, the medium of the online international tennis forum works perfectly for the topic. And as a poster here for years, it's fun for me to write about too. But I wanted to get some info from you guys before writing the body of the paper---
Alright, let me see what I can do for you
Do you feel that MTF offers you a "legitimate" means of self-expression and self-identification? Especially for posters who regularly browse through Non-Tennis and other forums besides General Messages, how personal is the experience of this website to you? How much time/energy do you put into your posts and how you appear to others on this website? Are you always honest about your personal info or can you admit that, from time to time, you lie about yourself - I know I have, or certainly did when I was younger!
Okay, where to start. I have always been honest about my info on here. Never really felt the need to lie to impress anyone on here
For the first year or so that I was on here I was here I didn't really post outside of a few player forums because the amount of knowledge of some posters was really intimidating
I don't put very much time and energy into my posts necessarily. I guess mainly because I post in silly places and don't care much for what goes on in GM
How did you come up with your user name? How much does your name, avatar, or signature reflect your personality?
My user name here is my username everywhere for almost everything
I've wanted to change it for ages but I feel like I'm stuck and I have no idea what I'd change it to. Anyway, unlike some people's interpretations of it. Saves the Day is an awesome band and 9/1, September 1st, is my birthday. Simple as that
It's been misinterpreted by people who think 91 is my birth year or who think I'm on some mission to save the universe. As much as I'd like to be a character on Heroes.. that's not it
I'm not as hardcore about Saves the Day as I used to be so I was thinking of changing it to something else.. but like I said I can't think of anything. My signature is always changing to reflect who I'm currently a fan of. Right now it's pretty up to date. I recently added the women in there because I recently started paying a bit more attention to them. The TT results are pretty representative of me since the TT game is definitely a big part of my identity on MTF. My avatar right now.. definitely represents me. I was in Viktor Troicki's pants first dammit
How close do you consider yourself with certain posters on this board - do you consider them true friends even if they live half way around the world, and are they just as close to you as friends you interact with in "real life"? Do you connect with people based on similar tastes in players above all else, or are there other factors? Are you quick to judge someone based on the players they support? How many other board members have you met in person? Do you feel that MTF is a safe way to "connect" with other people, unlike some other forums or chat rooms that may house pedophiles and creeps?
Ahh this is an interesting question. I do feel rather close to some people on here. They're not necessarily as close as some real life friends. Really it depends on the poster, but for those of us who dwell in chat threads, basically you talk about your day, your life, to your group of friends so they tend to know quite a bit about you. I would say I tend to connect most with people with just similar personalities more so than favorite players. I hate Safin, yet most of the people I talk to on here are Safinettes
I kind of two fairly seperate groups of friends on here. My chat thread friends and then my Serbian forum friends. Most of the Serbian forum friends I don't have the same closeness too mainly because Novak just started being good so a lot of them are new (and people like you don't post in the Novak forum at all anymore
) But yeah I generally just talk to people who might have the same sense of humor and ability to laugh and not be so serious about things all the time.
I've met quite a few people from MTF and so far none of them have been freaks
I've met mary., adelaide, pryss, Chloe le Bopper, adeegee!., CooCooCachoo, LaTenista, Lossi, Fee and Jimnik (I think that's all..) and hung out with them at tournaments and had a great time. I think since tennis is not a sport that is popular with many people for a lot of people who post on here, they don't have friends who like tennis enough to go to tournaments with them, so it's nice to be able to meet up with a poster and just have someone to discuss the matches with
Most of those people after meeting the first time, I've met them a second time (or a third time...) And done non-tennis related things with them. I'm planning a lovely weekend in London at the end of this month with two of them with absolutely no tennis involved
How similar is your online personality to your in-person persona? For instance, on the boards, are you more shy/reserved, or more open/expressive, or maybe even meaner/more abrupt?
Much more outgoing on here
But that seems to be true for most people that I've met as well
Let me know if you need anything else