MySpace is stupid. Everyone knows it. It’s buggy, you get too many stupid bulletins from people who don’t realize that their stupid bulletins are annoying, too much whining, too much spamming, and I’m so sick of people putting so much shit in their profiles that it takes forever for it to load. Why the hell do people put music videos up? Who the hell actually sits and watches them? And why have music playing at all? What I really hate are the ones with music playing but they don’t provide any means of turning it the hell off! Look, when I’m at my computer, chances are I’ve got my Winamp playing. In fact, I’ve got it playing right now. “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen. Good song! But, yeah, so I’m already listening to my own music. I don’t want to hear yours.
Worst of all about MySpace are the scanty pics some people like to put up. All the so-called MySpace “whoring”. Ugh. What is wrong with some people? Of course, where there’s such behavior on the Internet, the overzealous “protect our post-pubescent but not yet legal children” brigade is not far behind. That train is never late. And therein lies my rant.
What the fuck are you people so worried about? Do you think that if your 15-year-old daughter is chatting on the Internet and has pictures of herself posted, you’ll have perverts knocking down your door? Do you think she’d jump right up and comply if a random stranger told her to meet him behind the grocery store one evening? Such a thing VERY rarely happens, despite what your precious evening news says, so come off it. You’re worrying about a very unlikely threat and ignoring more possible ones, such as the psychological annoyance of having parents who think that every little thing she gets into will lead to her bloody demise.
Because that’s the trouble. You people think every single thing teenagers like is causing them to do bad things and for bad things to happen to them. Whether you admit it or not, that’s how you feel: Teenagers can’t do anything right. You scold them for thinking you think that, but they’re right. Of course, teenagers commonly are scolded when right, so nothing new there. Hehehe. I mean, even if your son or daughter stayed home all the time and just did homework and read books and listened to non-offensive non-explicit music all evening and never asked for or wanted much of anything, you people would even find a problem with that. Believe me, I know. That’s how I was, and my parents still hated me. So MySpace and video games and modern music and whatever the hell else are not the problem. The problem is that you people just will not allow yourselves to ever approve of anything your children do, and, frankly, that’s sad and pathetic. You should be ashamed of yourselves, for making your innocent children think they’ve committed some horrible sin when in fact it is you with the problem.
Don’t take this as an insult. Take it as a sign that everything is okay. Your sons and daughters are not in any danger using MySpace or any other website. How is an online friend any different from a penpal? Think about that. Your kids are not as stupid as you (like to) think they are. They’re not stupid enough to put their phone numbers or home addresses in public view, and even if they did, what are the odds someone would actually come to your house? Most people who’d see it live far away, often in other countries. Of all the hundreds of millions of people online who leave their personal info lying around, odds are pretty good that your sons and daughters won’t be targeted. So, please, this Internet fear is unfounded, irrational, and just gives you unnecessary worry. You’re a parent. Don’t you have enough worries otherwise as it is? 😉
So why don’t you worry about much more likely threats to your kids? Such as, say, getting struck by lightning, being crushed by a meteor, eaten by a lion, or something else like that? All MySpace may do is kill a few of their brain cells, but, to be honest, judging from your conduct, I doubt you give a crap about that at all.