One more reason to avoid MySpace: the Pentagon wants to get to know you. Intimately. No, more than intimately. They’re going to create an all-encompassing profile on you by trolling social networking sites for your personal details: daily activities, friends & acquaintances, favorite music/books/movies/hangouts, political views, job information, photographs, videos, etc. Bascially, whatever personal info you’ve put on your MySpace profile. Then they’ll combine it with personal phone calls & internet usage info they’ve snarfed from telecom companies and ISPs who bend over and do whatever the NSA tells them. *cough*AT&T*cough* This will give the government a perfect picture of who you are: how you think, what you do in your free time, how you behave, what you believe, and who you associate with. Of course, a lot of this information is available on peoples’ blogs and personal websites, but the social networking aspect of MySpace (and its cohorts Friendster, Facebook, etc.) makes it oh-so-easy for government goons to get a more complete picture of you, because now they will know what kind of people you hang with, and who those people hang with, ad nauseam. And considering the amazingly personal things that people are putting on MySpace, well…it’s going to get very interesting.
I’ve always thought MySpace pages were trainwrecks of hideous graphics, assholes hawking products, shitty bands wanting free promotion, creepy pedophiles, spambots, and viral marketing douchebags…which is somewhat of a cynical generalization, but pretty accurate from what I’ve seen. There are a lot of profiles out there created by people who are using MySpace for its intended purpose, but they tend to be buried under a whole lotta crap. (Kinda like Blogger.com, come to think of it.) Nevertheless, ALL my friends have profiles on MySpace now, and for a long time I resisted…I’m already on Friendster and LiveJournal, so what’s the point?? But since MySpace has such a massive membership and might help me stay in touch with friends from high school and other places, I caved and created a bare-bones profile which doesn’t say anything personal but points people to my website instead. Now I’m thinking about nuking ALL my profiles on social networking sites, save for maybe LiveJournal which I can make readable to friends only. It’s just getting too creepy.
If the assclown-in-chief wants to know about me, he can be satisfied with my blog, dammit!