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.


walawalapb said...

Good post, although it's a little hard to figure out whether you are using double or triple sarcasm at points.

walawalapb said...

oh and i have also written on your wall, and poked you. Feel better?