too old for myspace, too young for...?
i'm right in the midst of my favorite english 101 unit, which is the one about the internet. it's going well so far, and, as expected, my students' homework is the most well-written stuff they've produced all quarter. it's like they have the skills, they just abandon them or put up a self-sabotaging block when the word "essay" is involved. i love to get to take a little glimpse into their lives, and in this assignment they have the option to talk about their myspace page. apparently all the hip young folks ask each other "what's your myspace?" when they meet. i've been asked this, and i will maintain to this day that if you're over 25, you're too damn old for myspace. i feel so antique with my plain wrap blogspot blog. i just refuse to join the myspace melee and cave to all the hype. like i really need one more thing to distract me from living life. it's bad enough we have satellite cable television, for christ's sake. talk about a time suck. anyhow, back to the kids. it's amazing how incredibly insightful and inventive they are when they're writing about something that has personal meaning. i think the whole world of online communication and community building sites like myspace are utterly fascinating. i think the impact of the internet on identity is also fascinating. i think i'm far less fascinating online than perhaps i once was, when i actually had a readership (tap, tap. "is this thing on?") and before i pulled down the comments feature. in any event, i am who i am, and who i am is too old for myspace. that much i know for sure.