What is social networking?

April 2, 2007

It’s time I officially admit I’m an old fogey. I don’t understand the appeal of social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook. The original intent seems worthwhile: rediscover old friends and keep in touch with existing friends. But they’ve morphed in a voyeuristic site for slutty women and gangster wanna-be’s. The witty banter, the unique page aesthetics, the insightful monologues, and the heartfelt song choices make me want to puke. Things have gotten worse with Twitter, where cubicle dwellers can bore random strangers with pithy one-liners. Do we really need to communicate our every waking thought instantly to everyone? Why not just turn on JenniCam, broadcasting your beatific image to the worshipful masses? Homeland Security could offer a 24-hour survellience web site as the ultimate social networking tool. Everyone plus the government will be watching you.


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