It’s interesting to know how people from different culture bond with similarly shared mass media. And it is also interesting to know that apparently, I watched a lot of TV back when I was little, heh.
Not my childhood (defeatdiabetes.org)
Anyway, compared to people from, let’s say, the United States, where mass media is equal to a worldwide phenomenon, it’s pretty common to see that your childhood!=other people from different countries’. This definitely happens when a lot of British friends talked about TV shows they watched and children show they’re fond of. Afraid not! As an Indonesian, I have experienced foreign culture during my childhood by…watching a lot of TV!
(This is an add-when-I-remember-to-write-more blog post)
[Updated 28 November 2018]
with a focus on Indonesian Citizen
(updated: 15 June 2019)
The unfortunate thing about Indonesian studying in the UK is that it’s so very near to go to other countries (as cheap as £12 to go to France, for example), but you can’t because there’s a huge barrier…
What is that?
VISA, of course (still seething inside looking at Malaysian friends who can just impulse-buy flight/bus ticket)
The good thing about studying in the UK, is undoubtedly that everyone and the media speaks and write in English. Though it’s likely not a benefit if you’re into learning new languages, it’s definitely heaven for an avid reader with less budget like me, because all the books in the library and the bookstore are in English. As my lab’s based in Surrey, I applied to membership in Surrey Library, which is a big consortium of61 community libraries in the County of Surrey .
It seems that a few years journey of owning e-book readers, which in themselves pretty uncommon in my circle, made me quite the “expert” in the field. Though my expertise definitely amounts to nothing compared to countless others in mobileread, my knowledge is apparently enough to at least give some views to the confusing start on e-book reader world for some of my friends’ question of “which e-book reader shall I buy”. Disclaimer: This is only my view, however, may be different with other people.