Interconnection Through Media

Throughout Exit West, Nadia and Saeed are confronted with disconectivity due to the lack of cellular reception. At the beginning of their relationship when the war isn’t too severe, the two can plan meetups, discuss their wellbeing, and have a presence in each other’s lives when they’re separated. As the severity of the war results in increased government control, Nadia and Saeed’s connection is limited to face-to-face interactions. They had to plan ahead and make their time spent together worthwhile. 

After leaving their hometown to Greece, Saeed immediately tries to call his father on the phone. Due to his service not reaching the distance, Saeed cannot communicate with or know anything about the health of his father. Although he knew he would most likely never see his father in person again, Saeed still hoped he could contact him through their phones.

In our current society, those who have access to the internet and phones often take the amenity for granted. While one could communicate with their friend from across the world at any point, some don’t have the fortune of being able to hear from their loved ones. 

Hamid’s inclusion of the absence of media between Nadia, Saeed, and his father reflects the lack of connection migrants often have from their hometown. When the face-to-face interactions are cut off due to location, one can only rely on phones or letters to bridge the distance. If access to media is unattainable for the migrant, their connection with a loved one is diminished to memories and thoughts.

5 thoughts on “Interconnection Through Media

  1. Marissa K.

    I liked how Hamid showcased the positive aspects of technology. There are so many books and articles that are about how social media and the increased presence of technology is making teens less social, or how it is a bad influence, but Hamid shows how technology can bring people together. He shows social media and technology as a way to stay informed as well, which I think many people have forgotten.

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  2. Natalie S

    I agree with your point that we often take media and technology for granted. Exit West really put this into perspective for me. I feel like we are so used to just communicating through phones all day that it is difficult to imagine what it would be like without them. Through this story, however, I got a sense of how disconnected people would be without their phones and this new technology.

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  3. RYAN M

    This was something that I noticed as well while reading. Another thing that the loss of internet seemed to result in was their loss of connection to the rest of the world as they were not always able to read recent news. I think in a way, when they talked about charging their phones and conserving data usage along with food, it also served to humanize their situation for me when I would sometimes forget that the story was taking place in the present.

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  4. JOHN V

    This is a very interesting perspective. Technology is often frowned upon, but you are right in pointing out how the author sheds light on its positive uses. The phones connect the refugees who otherwise could lose each other forever in moments of panic.

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  5. Alex W

    I agree with you completely about media. Technology is something that we all rely on so much that we overlook how useful it can be to communicate with one another. The fact that they could not communicate well probably was hard for their relationship, and we are lucky to have the resources that are provided to us.

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