Today (Wednesday) is International Delete Your MySpace Account Day. Incidentally, it is also the same day “Crazy” King George (George III) died, most likely from syphilis; the day Kansas officially became a state in the great U-S-of-A; the day the 49ers became the first football team to win five NFL championships (Steve Young + Jerry Rice = totally unstoppable); and the birthdays of Oprah and Heather Graham. So MySpace haters can take faith that they share their special day with STDs, tornadoes, gold, the rich, and the whorish.
ANYWAY, I think I might have a point here (then again, maybe I don’t). So all the shenanigans began about 10 days ago when a blogger decided he hated MySpace enough to deactivate his account. Rather than just click the button when prompted, “Are you sure you want to deactivate this account and lose touch with your 200 million friends who don’t want to lose you to the evils of the real world?” said blogger decides he wants to go out Jonestown-style and get as many followers as possible to follow his lead.
I apologize…wait, no, I don’t apologize. Why do people need a Day (capital D) to deactivate their account on a social networking site? Has the power of the individual to think and act on his own disappeared as we all become inextricably linked to everyone everywhere around the world? (Thanks to the internet, we might only need four degrees of separation by this point.) I just think this delete you MySpace account day is so silly. Two thousand people deactivating their accounts on the same day is small change when you have 100,000,000+ users (in case you care, that would be a user loss of a .oooo2%, or something like that). So, honestly people, whether it’s 2000 or 10,000 (which I highly doubt), I don’t think your little fly will be noticed on the MySpace beast.
A word of advice. You don’t like your MySpace account? You don’t use it anymore, don’t like privacy breaches, don’t want random people knowing your favorite movie is Gigli? THEN JUST DELETE IT. There’s no need to make a spectacle of the event.
Man, people are just getting way too involved with their SNS profiles. This is not a romantic relationship everyone. It’s just a webpage.
I recently read on several blogs about MySpace’s launch of a web-only series titled, “quarterlife,” so I decided to check it out this week solely because it is a new project from the creators of 30something and one of my favorite shows from my teenage years, “My So-Called Life.” MySpace had aired four super-short (we’re talking 5-8 minute) episodes already, so I watched them all back to back. The show is very weak in my opinion, with the main character an idiot who thinks she can video blog about all her friends and no one will find out. Of course they do find out and get all pissy, but oh no, that doesn’t stop her. Apparently, she’s on a mission to see how quickly she can lose all her friends. I’d like to think that people gain a little more wisdom by the time they reach their “quarterlife,” an age range I currently reside within.
Then I read today that NBC is picking up the show for prime time. Apparently, the network is feeling the pressure of the writers’ strike and is looking for shows with pre-written episodes ready to go, in case this strike continues on for some time. I know you’re hurting NBC, and you’ve been hurting for a couple years, but honestly, do you think this show has a future? The opening dialog consists of Dylan (the main character referenced above) trying to blog and asking herself in her video blog, “What is a blog? Why do we blog? We blog to exist, therefore…therefore, we are idiots.” No honey, we are not idiots. That honor goes just to you at this moment.
It’s good to know that we blog to exist though. I mean, I could be dead right now if I didn’t have my blog. I’d be wandering through the streets of Washington aimlessly, looking for the direction that only an internet diary can provide me with. Jesus Christ people, I’m nearly drowning in to melodramatism.
Instead of picking up lame shows NBC, why don’t you focus on maintaining profits by not picking fights with Apple over iTunes prices? Or how about keeping solid writers employed, instead of leaving one of your oldest programs with a skeleton staff? I know you have some good shows, even if I don’t watch any of them. Rumors suggest you might even have been the best network at some point in the distant past. I don’t know if I believe it anymore. Even Jay Leno picks on his own network nightly during his opening monologue.
Buck up NBC. At least you have one thing going for you: you’re not this network.