It’s fun meandering through media, finding yourself in another person’s world, and having a blast. My purpose behind writing Media Meandry essays was fixing a realization – I spent most of my time writing more serious essays. These essays are a good way to write less serious essays. As I got back into meandering through worlds more frequently, these meandries helped me learn to appreciate other people’s worlds whether I was having a blast or not.
I’ll sometimes ask questions a self-aware videogame character might ask to progress the story along. (…I was a character in a videogame…) Especially when there’s enough time for parting words, I like asking for advice. Along with the extra lives’s worth of experience, these are the most rewarding conversations, because when faced with the reality that we may never meet again, any pretenses are dropped, and we exchange unfiltered truths about ourselves and our realities.