Love and relationships in the era of social media
April 19th, 2009

A little while ago, I blogged here on Smart Mobs about this might be a Love story, a multimedia reality web show about a long-distance relationship between myself and a man in New York. Simply by virtue of communicating with many-to-many media like YouTube and Facebook, my long-distance Lover and I could simultaneously produce and distribute our ‘show’ (think reality TV meets web TV meets lifecasting meets Love, kinda). Some folks at CurrentTV fancied the idea and decided to produce a video about it, which just aired. It’s called Video Chat Love Story.

Video Chat Love Story

Now, I’m definitely in a place far removed from where I was while developing the concept for this might be a Love story – I have a new boyfriend (who interestingly also began long-distance, though we now live together); except for the ‘Relationship Status’ field on our Facebook profiles, we’re certainly not performing our relationship; and actually, it’s been an interesting process of negotiating our respective privacy preferences (unsurprisingly, he keeps his settings higher than I do). That said, I still consider the possibility of a reality web show that essentially is the communication between two Lovers, as produced and distributed in real-time by many-to-many media, a compelling one vis-à-vis online entertainment. In fact, I consider it an indicator of the emerging future of online entertainment. A couple will realize the potential here and make something beautiful. Hup and Steph are on their way. More broadly, along with (or perhaps instead of) having one online ‘home base’ for aggregating the content of a particular entertainment property, properties will live and be accessible all over the web. This starts to resemble how we experience our friends online, via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, some of the above, all of the above…

I’m in the process of collaborating with an interactive media shop to build an online community dedicated to Love and relationships. Among other topics, it will touch upon online dating, long-distance relationships, couples who perform their relationships, and in general, Love and relationships in the era of social media. If you have ideas for Le Brainstorme, feel free to get in touch: misstephanie.gerson@gmail.com.


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