September 20, 2006

Are you always a hypocrite or is it just a fad? (Continued)

So, as i mentioned previously, Boyd pissed me off. Heres why. Let's start with this quote: "While many did not come to Friendster to get laid (just as they say they don't go to bars to get laid), places where large numbers of hott singles hang out are bound to attract other singles, regardless of whether or not they want to admit that they're looking for sex." I really think that is an assumption that Boyd is not of qualification to make. So just because a bunch of people are on a site where they can meet new people they are looking for sex? I don't think so. I have 85 or so friends on myspace. I know every single one of them and interact with them, whether it be regularly or irregularly, but they are still a part of my life and I'm not trying to sleep with them. Nor do i try to sleep with the random people that try to friend me.

Next: "Young people follow music and celebrities. Other young people follow the young people that follow music." I don't "follow" anything. I like music. I don't live for it. It is not my sole concern, nor is it my life. I just happen to thorougly enjoy it and i think it should be on everywhere and all the time. It just simply provides for a better atmosphere.

Yet more generalization of the public into certain specified terms: "Freaks, geeks and queers all invaded Friendster..." Anyone who has an online profile is a freak, geek, or queer? While i may be a little strange, i highly doubt i can be considered a "freak". I'm certainly not a "queer" and as for geek, probably not one hundred percent, but in certain areas, perhaps.

Boyd says that the sites are for people to identify themselves, to form their own personal boundaries, etc but yet continues to use such categorized and degrading words? So, pretty much, Boyd is saying all 20 something year olds are freaks, geeks, or queers who are looking for sex and following the crowd. Nice generalization. Yet, at the end, she seems to be defending these young people? So many of her aspects contradict each other. The entire time i was reading i was going back and forth between "Oh, she thinks myspace is good." "Oh wait, maybe not." Pick a defense, or hell, even offense, and stick with it. In the mean time, i will work my hardest to become a music following, nymphomaniac queer.

Posted by Lori Rupert at September 20, 2006 10:28 AM
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