Moments in movies that make me hysterically freak out: When Thomas J. gets stung by the bees and Vada runs that akimbo, knobby-knee run down to the lake and the willow tree sobbing. I think I came-of-age with, and in a way through, Vada Sultenfuss.
The golf course near the house I grew up in had a big weeping willow by the 18th hole, but unfortunately playing on the golf course was strictly verboten for kids. “You could get hit in the head with a ball! It would kill you!” Also, cranky old golfers didn’t want us on their golf course. And okay, fair, we would have been in the way and a golf ball in the head wouldn’t have been good. Still, I wanted nothing more as an 11 year-old to sit under that weeping tree and contemplate the mysteries of humanity, love and adulthood, all thanks to My Girl.
But in today’s social media world, it’s a whole new level. I mean, think about what “social media” means. It’s a world where we ourselves become, in a way, our own little movies. What are social media profiles, Facebook’s new Timeline especially, if not cultivated multimedia expressions of our own stories?
Technology and media are soft. They are human. They are, at this point, the central conduit of emotional experience. Gah, Google Glass. Watch this video. Hell, all of Google’s ads.
The future is here, Mr. Bradbury, you guys.
Alison Steedman is the editor at Dating & Hookup. She lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and their histrionic cat, Charles Dickens, where she still carries on a nostalgic and long-distance love affair with her 20's in Brooklyn, NY. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @yosteedman, and you can also send her your writing at [email protected], both of which make her very happy.
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