Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Internet is kinda dumb

Ok, so maybe it's not the internet's fault. Maybe people just can't realize that there are certain ways to use the internet and certain ways to NOT use the internet. Yes - that is it. People are dumb in how they use the internet.

Case in point: our society is now full of internet social networking sites such as Myspace, Facebook and the like. I personally enjoy these sites for many reasons; but I also think they are responsible for many, many relationship issues that would not occur if people did not take these sites so seriously.

For example - if I post that I am in an "It's complicated" relationship with one of my GAY male friends, please do not frantically and excitedly ask if I'm seeeing someone. First of all - no one, and I do mean, NO ONE should take "it's complicated" relationships seriously. Secondly, he is GAY. And thirdly, since when does Facebook/Myspace determine my real-life status?

I also do not like the fact that certain individuals define their lives by their personal blog/myspace/facebook/etc. page. Let me remind you of this important fact: YOUR LIFE SHOULD NOT BE REVOLVED AROUND OR DETERMINED BY ANY SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE. If you think that for one second that these sites are what determines reality, you are sadly and pathetically mistaken. Do not take these sites seriously. PLEASE - it's just not worth it.

There are also several instances where an individual has been judged - sometimes wrongly, other times correctly - because of what they post on their website. We all do it. But for the most part, it's not a good path to take - ESPECIALLY when it's someone you know in person and know relatively well. Do not let their myspace/facebook/whatever define who you think they are as a person. Sometimes it's accurate, sometimes it is not. But don't make the mistake of judging someone wrongly- it's not good for anyone, especially if it's someone you love and care about.

Finally, I must make one comment, albeit quite hypocrital - do not use your public blog to slam others. This always looks pathetic, desperate, and immature. If you have feelings, scribble them down angrily in your emo hipster journal. But don't broadcast to the world how you feel about someone simply because you are too passive agressive to confront them to their face - you know, by using words and gestures and voice intonation, not typed letters and emoticons.

The internet is not dumb. People who use it wrongly are dumb. But you don't have to be one of those people. If you are, there's still hope - consult me later. I'll do my best to pull you out of your false sense of reality and bring you back to what the real world is like.


Andrew said...

Sooo what r u sayin...?? Yer gay? OMG. R U GAY??!1 WTF?!

Megan said...

if ker is gay - ryan is totes a lesbian.

he told me today he was a pwetty pwincess. true story.

Ryan said...

"Internet" is supposed to be capitalized. Have some respect, geez.

Anthony said...

I enjoyed this blog. So much so, in fact, that I hit Older Posts three times.

I've lived several places including the Washington, D.C. area. One thing is consistent, there are assholes everywhere, they come in every color, hetero and home, tall and short, thin and heavy.

It's too bad you ran into a giant ass at Giant.

There were actually several posts I was going to comment on, but this one will do --- so I can tell you I've included you blog in the new installment of Surfer's Paradise.

If you have an opportunity to visit The Lives and Times... I'd be interesting in your thoughts.

I hope the links serves you well.

Ashleigh said...

We like you Anthony.
And your blog.
Thanks!! (and high fives).

Anonymous said...

hahaha Well stated, my dear. I heard discussion of a friendship threatened by that crazy "entourage" application - when someone was listed SECOND and not FIRST... it was a big to-do.

One of my best friends addressed this issue. She loves facebook and is rigid in her untagging of unattractive photos, etc... but she has a list of "dislikes" on her profile which include things like "low-sodium anything" because she loves salt.

My favorite part? On that list of DISLIKES, she wrote "facebook applications." I totally agree!!