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My space, your space, we all space for myspace.

26 October 2006

Okay, so I haven’t posted in a while, and I apologize for that — of course lots has been going in and out of my brain over the last few weeks, but I just haven’t been in the space to post to my blog. Instead of trying to catch you up on the life you’ve missed and I’ve lived, I’ll just dive right in where I am in the stream.
Tuesday and Wednesday I attended an online conference on the effects of Digital Media on culture, and the topic of myspace came up and how it’s this amazing haven for teens to propagate their own culture, etc. there was talk about how Myspace is inhabited by sexual predators and there’s need to protect our youth from dangers risk-taking behaviors, etc. blah blah blah. You know what? I just don’t get Myspace — isn’t it just a bunch of cookie-cutter web pages with a little bit of social networking thrown in? I really just don’t get it. It bothers me, the pages are ugly, there’s a lack of creativity in the templated architecture — and yet, it’s incredibly popular and it’s undeniably successful. When the web first came out, I remember having hours of fun creating my little corner, full of links and images, stories and quotes — I had to learn html and copy files with ftp programs to my personal account. Now, all you need to do is log into a web page and you get the same basic benefits. Sure you lose the flexibility to express yourself in any way you wish, but you trade that in for not needing to know a thing about html or web design — plus, you get the added benefit of being able to link up with others and create community.
I still think it’s ugly and dull. And dude, the auto-play music files are an-noy-ing!
I guess I’m just too old for myspace. I tried it, I got an account. I just can’t seem to engage in it. Maybe I just don’t have anything else to say about myself other than what I choose to write here. I don’t need a detailed persistent public persona, nor do I really want one. I’d rather just be known for what I say when I say it, in the stream which is my consciousness. I’d rather let the picture of me build up gradually in the minds of those who spend the time to get to know me, instead of offering up the short-attention-span one stop shop version of who I want you to think that I am.
Plus, I just can’t spend the time to keep that up to date. Seriously, do these kids spend hours a day updating their pages?
Anyhow, that’s my little rant. I guess I’m old now because I don’t get this thing.

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