Updated: Jan 5
I’m going out on a limb here to say: Technology is more dangerous than drugs, and it all started with MySpace. "Social media" apps are making people really anti-social, and it’s not good.
MySpace was a dark force that swept my generation. It came out of nowhere and made us all self-absorbed, self-promoting buffoons. It was a website where everyone had their own page, you could post whatever you want, and connect with other people. It was a place where talentless people named Tila Tequila became famous. I didn't get it, but more and more of my friends were getting it,
so I got a MySpace.
At the time, it seemed like a great way to express yourself and meet people. You could create your own page with a limited understanding of coding. You could even connect with people all over the world, befriend musical artists, and grow friends outside of your everyday circle.
The desire to grow popular on the internet ultimately changed us as a species. I had a friend that had 1,000 followers and that bitch thought she was famous. She'd talk about MySpace all the time and say things like, "omg, this guy is totally stalking me on MySpace" or "omg... This artist saw my photo on MySpace and painted it on the side of building in New York City." She was the queen of MySpace and had a posse of followers that idolized her. Ultimately, she got in trouble for what she was posting on the platform.
MySpace became a place where people shared their freak side. All of a sudden, girls were posting super sexy and provocative photos. It was like... "Wait a minute... Is that Jane from 2nd period?" I had no problem posting my love of cannabis and mushrooms on MySpace. My profile was all trippy and I took great pride in designing it. I connected with all these people that had bongs and blunts for their profile pics and I too felt cool growing my little social empire.
To this day, MySpace is still around. I remember back in 2013 Justin Timberlake did a "MySpace Secret Show" to rebrand the platform into an artist/music service, and that's a good direction to take the company. I don't use MySpace, and I don't intend to ever again. Not even for #TBT photos. I only wish I remembered my password so I could delete my profile from 13 Years Ago.
MySpace was the precursor of all self-absorbed expression. The dawn of anti-social "social media". MySpace was the dark force that plagued my generation and we've never been the same since.