A moment from Derek Webb “Zeros and Ones”:
I don’t have friends; I don’t “MySpace.” That’s how it seems these days. If you don’t myspace, then you are nobody. If you don’t myspace then you are just saying that you hate everything and everyone and you are just anti-social. Am I wrong?
I can’t even believe that I can use the word “myspace” as a verb. Is there something wrong with me because I don’t spend at least 20 minutes a day responding to friends comments and looking at their “myspaces.” Because I don’t have a video and my favorite song playing in a confusing world of the web. Because I don’t have all the details including my shoe size avaiable for people to see and know. There must be something wrong with me; I just don’t like MySpace.
I was hesistant even to blog concerning this social phenomenon, but I feel it must be stated what I believe about MySpace. I was laying in bed the other day and it finally came to me. Maybe this was already clear to a lot of people, but it finally hit me. The reason why MySpace is so popular is because it contains sin. It contains “real” poeple with “real” problems. The human race is attracted to sin. We like it. We like to read about it. We like to be apart of it. I am putting myself in this category. But I firmly believe that MySpace, or any social networking website, wouldn’t be of any popularity if it wasn’t for the sin that they contain. I am not saying that all social networking is bad and wrong, that’s not my point. For that matter it’s incredible that we can stay in touch with people that we haven’t seen in 15 years over social networking sites. What I am saying is that I have seen people “open up” on their accounts in these sites and it’s not pretty. It’s not pretty because it’s the effects of sin coming out. We like the attention and apparently we feel that attention comes by sharing everything. MySpace has millions of users because the human heart is wicked. Call me “out of line”, “too conservative,” or even “stupid,” but it seems that is where I stand.
Don’t make MySpace your idol. I am learning more and more that I am so attracted to this world, but I need to keep my mind focuse on the Creator of the universe. Keep my focus on what is eternal.
I read this is Psalm 119 today:
Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the LORD!
Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
who seek him with their whole heart,
who also do no wrong,
but walk in his ways!
You have commanded your precepts
to be kept diligently.
Oh that my ways may be steadfast
in keeping your statutes!
Then I shall not be put to shame,
having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
I will praise you with an upright heart,
when I learn your righteous rules.
I will keep your statutes;
do not utterly forsake me!