April 10, 2006

The Cult of Personality

Sigh. MySpace has me. Facebook got me a while ago, so I guess it was just a matter of time. I have to say, though, that I do enjoy looking at pictures of myself. Man, I sure look cool.

I'm not going to pretend that the previous statements were 100% sarcastic. I'm a pretty self-involved dude, but then again who isn't (I heard a quip recently that America has 280 million special interest groups). Facebook and MySpace are frequently touted as networking agents, places for communication and interaction between socially-minded folks. Ok, that's fine and good, but it seems to me that both are really just a host for a lot of people's shrine to self. I sense that ego stroking and self-validation are cornerstones of this cultural explosion (Look how many friends I have! Look at how many people have viewed my profile! Look at how damn cool I am!).

I'm a little concerned by the texture of the Facebook phenomenon, but mostly I'm just pissed that no one has "poked" me or posted on my wall.