Weirdest MySpace Comment I’ve Ever Gotten

So I almost don’t even need to say anything. In fact let’s get this out of the way first; please look below and you can see . OK, you’ve had a look? What do you think? It was sent for me by a nice woman; funny and smart. All that good stuff, but that picture…Well let’s just put this into context. I’m a 40 year old black guy into movies, so I joined MySpace around the same time I started doing this blog-about 6 months ago. Really for the purpose of connecting with other filmmakers or wannabe/hope-to-bes like me. And the blog was just this idea of kinda documenting this process. And the Myspace thing was just because I kept hearing about social networks and social networking and how it wasn’t like blogging and that I simply had to get into it. So the blog ended up going in one direction. And my MySpace thing kind of took on a different kind of direction; from a social networking personal challenge I set up for myself to see how fast I could make it to 1000 friends, to dating.

Here’s the deal if I were a woman , and if I were on iVillage and if she were on iVillage, and we exchanged this picture it really wouldn’t be such a bad thing. The picture, in and of itself, is innocent enough. Or it USED to be innocent . But Google just this week released their new mandate about sexualized youth. And I don’t even want write the words , because I don’t want those keywords in my blog. So these kinds of fun pictures aren’t really cool anymore. And especially as MySpace comments. Not today. And not sent to ME, as a guy heading towards middle-aged, single and BLACK. I mean Jesus! This is just not the way to go.

So I wrote to her and thanked her for checking in with me, but informed her that, that picture had be deleted from my MySpace profile. I mean, over here, at MY blog, with MY context, I can display it. Not that I’m 100 percent comfortable about it now. But it’s a great example of where our culture is going. The internet has made these types of images a strange place and social networking has made us ALL strange because without that face to face interaction, we can’t really gauge the personality, humor, and taste of people like we used to. But this is how things are now.

6 thoughts on “Weirdest MySpace Comment I’ve Ever Gotten

  1. Hi Dave –
    Thanks for the comment. Wow, I commend you for signing up after 9/11, that’s incredible. My dad was in the Navy (back in the 80s) as well, but he was out by the time I was 4 years old, so this is my first experience with being around a lot of military people. Everybody has been very nice and it’s been a wonderful experience – I guess I am just out of place. I’ve spent the last 4 years in an uber-liberal college town full of hippies and San Antonio, TX is drastically different! I will say the weather is great though! I appreciate your comment and I hope you have a great weekend (or what’s left of it!)

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  3. Good Lord! How sick! I can’t even scroll back up that way.

    Anyway, I don’t know how you feel about tags Dave, but I tagged you on my blog.

  4. Hi Sheila!
    I was just emailing with “Cooper” who came by to your event Sunday.

    And yeah this image is a unique, but I can understand how it might be perceived as cute or freaked out-depends on context, in my opinion anyway.

    And I guess I feel ok about “tagging” I just have to find out what it means…

  5. Dave,

    Ever since I started MySpace, it’s been nothing but a love/hate relationship. On one hand, I use it to keep in touch with people whom I am close to or who are far away from me that I consider worth keeping in touch with. But, the more I think about it, that’s what email and the phone is for. So, in the end, why the hell do I even bother to keep my profie up for? Made no sense to me. I’ll just say, I allowed myself to be pressured into that silly ‘social networking’ atmosphere that is MySpace, Facebook, or any other Narcisstic lonely people craving for attention.com.

    The saving grace about MySpace is that I’ve actually made few connections with regular people who have some intelligence and sense. The rest are a bunch of little emo kids who need to be slapped upside the head. But, I think the people that post strange comments on your profile are the ones that make me think, ‘hmmmm!’ It’s strange. But, we’ve come to the point where these sites have become part of our lifestyle. I don’t know whether that is a good or bad thing anymore.

  6. Hi K
    Really appreciate you giving this some thought. In other parts of this blog (and other people’s blog) I’ve been quietly waging a a a war against twitter as the ULTIMATE waste of time/social network. I find it to be SO silly especially the fanfare-blogcatalog does the exact same thing.

    But in this piece I’m showing a good person has misjudged the mode of exchange. In another arena that image might be cute. Same with your gender-that mismatch and the place are just off because these networks make you feel close, but you’re really separated by the giant space of a public forum.

    Thanks again for coming by!

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