Moving beyond the parasocial » Updates From Erin, October 12, 2021
Have you ever met someone from the internet IRL? What different nuances exist in these friendships that might not exist in a friendship of someone you met initially IRL?
Let me toss the idea out that these relationships really shouldn't be that different. At the end of the day we're seeking connection, friendship, and authenticity online.
I explored some of the nuance of these online relationships in the recent Fandom Communities newsletter — and why it's so important to move beyond the parasocial.
While the internet provided us so many different ways to make a living — it also normalized parasocial relationships (not cool).
Let's break this norm — starting one conversation at at a time.
And I'll kick it off — let's chat + get to know one another, just for the sake of getting to know one another — my calendar is open here.
Today, Oct 12, 1PM ET — Join me and Rosie Sherry at an Orbit Study Group [ RSVP Here ]
Tomorrow, Oct 13 9:30AM ET — Rosie Sherry + myself will be exploring the Economics of Community on Twitter Spaces — [ RSVP here ]
Tomorrow, Oct 13 7PM ET — Join fellow creators + creator-curious at Evil Twin Brewing in Dumbo, NYC for a cold one and good conversation. [ RSVP here ]
Thursday, Oct 14, 3PM ET — Catch Maricris Bonzo + the Orbit team breaking down the basics behind Web 3.0 — [ RSVP here ]
Things I'm a fan of lately:
The pandemic changed what I felt about gaming — by Joshua Poh
A really good thread of alternate language we should use when discussing community — by Rosie Sherry
Whats on your mind? What are you a fan of lately?
Reply to this email + let me know!