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I'm writing a media studies paper on WTAW/MTF and would love your input/feedback...

Leo
10-07-2007, 06:45 AM
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---


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! How did you come up with your user name? How much does your name, avatar, or signature reflect your personality?


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?


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?


Feel free to answer any of these questions or anything else you think might relate. It's greatly appreciated and could really strengthen my paper! I may ask for consent to quote you in my paper if I find something that relates really well.

cobalt60
10-07-2007, 01:48 PM
To quote Popeye;) " I am who I am" I don't play games in the real world so see no reason to play games on the internet. So my persona here is quite like I am in real life. What is hard for me about your questions is that typically my answers are short :lol:

I enjoy the banter back and forth with some posters and find it interesting to connect on a level with many folks that I am likely never to meet. Do I consider them friends? Hmm that's a hard one. Some yes but again it is on a very different level than in my real world with friends. You can't replace looking someone in the eye by looking at a computer screen.

I have been a tennis fan since I was young and play it so this seemed like a reasonable board to join. I find that many real tennis issues have been said here so many times before , that I tend to enjoy the non-tennis threads better which you can't find at many other tennis sites. I don't think of this place as a way to personally express myself. I am too old for that and have too many other ways in life that I would rather fulfill those issues. I come here for the enjoyment I get from posting with some folks. That's all now. I think I had more fun when I first joined but the last year or so the fun has faded a bit. Not sure why exactly as I don't feel the need to figure that out;)

I have met a few board members in person at tennis tournies. Haven't had any problems. And did not think I would. Still some I would love to meet in real life and maybe I will one day.

I don't judge folks based on who they support-how superficial and immature is that:lol: I am more intrigued by how they respond to others posts. That says a lot about the poster I feel. Always easy to attack someone over a computer screen rather than in real life. I do realize that there are posters who take great pleasure in instigating. I just ignore that and have stopped taking this place seriously so that I can enjoy what I can.

This post is now too long for me;) Good luck on your paper :yeah:

savesthedizzle
10-07-2007, 05:06 PM
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 :lol: 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 :p 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 :p


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 :lol: 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 :p :p ) 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 :hug:

cobalt60
10-07-2007, 05:27 PM
OOh Jess :yeah: Thanks fo not letting be the only one who answered :lol:
And you've reminded me about what I forgot to answer although I have answered these questions before so I apologise for doing it again ;) :lol

username- cobalt60 is a radioactive isotope used in treating cancer patients; most know I am a radiation oncologist in my real life so it was very appropriate. I use it online almost everywhere.

avatar/siggie- usually go hand in hand. I refuse to put a fav player or some such there cuz I am not a "fangirl" :p So I put quotes and the quotee to make a point or just because I feel that person had something to say. Or I might put something that's funny. Occasionally I put something in my siggie to have a go at what is happening on MTF at the time;)

And that's all folks:p

Leo
10-07-2007, 06:48 PM
Thanks so much for your answers! I got a few on WTAW as well that should help as I piece my paper together.

And :lol: Jess, I do love the Novak forum or at least what it used to be back in the day when we ruled it with our coolness, but there's just never any time anymore. And now Novak is king of fangirls the world over! But coming back to MTF or WTAW is always like coming back to a home of sorts. :)

savesthedizzle
10-07-2007, 06:50 PM
Thanks so much for your answers! I got a few on WTAW as well that should help as I piece my paper together.

And :lol: Jess, I do love the Novak forum or at least what it used to be back in the day when we ruled it with our coolness, but there's just never any time anymore. And now Novak is king of fangirls the world over! But coming back to MTF or WTAW is always like coming back to a home of sorts. :)


I understand ;)

Action Jackson
10-07-2007, 06:53 PM
Leo, I will give you some answers later today.

martine2
10-07-2007, 08:06 PM
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! How did you come up with your user name? How much does your name, avatar, or signature reflect your personality?

Well, I never felt the urge to lie about anything so I guess I'm honest about myself. If I don't want people to know about certain things, I just don't talk about them.
Not much to say about my username, it's just my first name. Didn't have much time to look for a more original one because first time I came here I was only looking for some info and had to register to be able to read some boards. I had no idea I would be coming back this often :angel:


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?

I'm not around long enough to know people really good, but there sure are some posters here I'd like to know better.
If any ever will become real friends, I can't say. You can't force this so time will tell.

In the beginning I guess it's normal to connect with people with similar taste in players, but this certainly isn't the fact anymore now.
Some people catch your eye, because of their posts and their style and I talk to those no matter which players they like.


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?


I guess I'm more open and outgoing here then in real life. For me it's easier to express myself in writing.