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So this morning as I was getting ready for work for some reason I was thinking about my experience on MySpace and LiveJournal and with penpals. For me, MySpace seems like it’s all about meeting people in person. I have friends that get together and hang out with people met on MySpace. I’ve been using it to talk to my cousins to see when they are coming down to visit. And all the forms of communication there have been fairly short and instant – Bulletins, Comments, and Messages, oh my! It’s like the exchange penpals – they didn’t want to write they wanted to swap postcards or coins or whatever they collected. So I guess in my head I think MySpace would be the same: let’s meet and swap and get back on-line. Whereas on LiveJournal the writing is usually longer and somehow more personal. It’s like the long letter penpals where you actually hear about people’s days or their worries or the really cool whatever that just happened. But that gives a weird impression., too. Surely if I know (using my posts or made up posts/not real people’s posts) about how you dropped the flan you worked so hard on and didn’t have anything to share at the office Cinco de Mayo party and if I know about your class happenings and I read a poem about your family then I get the feeling that I really do know you. It’s an odd feeling to think you know someone you’ve never met. It happens with celebrities, too, I’m sure. They come into our homes every day on the television set so it makes feel we have the right to walk up to them in the street and start talking to them as if we know them.

Then the image of a recent Dr. Who episode came into my head. and I thought LiveSpace was kind of like the spaceship the Madame de Pompadour where each journal entry is like a little window into that person’s world and we can just sit in our spaceship and watch another person’s life develop. Hopefully no one out there watching is ticking! SPOILERS END I think it’s kind of a cool thing. It’s the reason I got into penpalling in the first place. To see the world through someone else’s eyes and vicariously experience things I cannot do.

Wow, this is kind of a pointless/half-thought out entry. I’m posting it anyway. It’s a window into my mind.



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May. 24th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
Except without the robot clock things!
May. 24th, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC)
ha!!! no ticking over here.

i think the robot clocky guys are all on myspace!!
May. 24th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
I know my space serves a perpose, but honestly it doesn't intrest me at all. This is fine, because sometimes you just need a place to talk to someone... I just.... wasn't impressed with myspace.
May. 25th, 2006 12:50 am (UTC)
It's funny that you should mention that, I was thinking that at work today. Because everyone talks about MySpace at work, and they have the brain capacity of 12 year olds, I really don't join in on the conversations. Yes, I'd rather hold a conversation with myself in my own brain, because grills and rims really don't intrigue me very much. Also, for the most part, I don't find the people on MySpace very interesting. I mean Eddie Izzard, Rammstein and other cool people have MySpace accounts, but I really don't have the time to send messages to them in the hopes that they'll return them one day. I'm sure it's a great way of making new friends if you're really bored, but being bored, is really not an option for me at this point in my life, hehe. So maybe one day I'll get into that, for now, I'm sticking with LiveJournal. It's a great way of keeping in touch with you guys, and that's the only thing I care about anyway. If it weren't for you guys, I'd either go insane, of if I could, I'd move back to Germany!

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May. 25th, 2006 11:33 am (UTC)
Okay, so far that's the only movie thingy you've posted that I have totally not gotten. The whole... celebrity thing just... doesn't do it for me. Maybe if I could actually meet them in person, that might be cool. But, not really interested in their myspace.
May. 25th, 2006 12:02 pm (UTC)
it's from one of the new episodes from Dr. Who ....... no worries .... i will make sure you guys get those ...... gonna get them from john saturday ..... and then send them to you

see ..... i'm always thinking about you guys .....
when you see the episode .... it'll make perfect sense
May. 25th, 2006 12:17 pm (UTC)
If I have to be so far from people I love, at least they are you guys... you get our backs. Thanks so much. Maybe we should buy stock in UPS or something, that way we can send each other stuff much cheaper.
May. 26th, 2006 01:32 am (UTC)
that's funny that you say that ...... i was just at the UPS website the other night looking up how much it is to get an account with them .... so you pay monthly and instead of every time you ship ..... didnt find it .... but still ..... we're on the same wave length here ... hehe

and ofcourse we've got your back man!
i asked john if he would give me the dr. who episodes ..... so this saturday i'm going to take my pod over to their house and he'll transfer them over ..... then i can burn them and send them to you guys ..... that show it TOO good to miss ....

i also HAVE to show it to marsha .... i know she'd love it ... finding time is the problem ....
and every time i try to show her something .... she's so tired she almost falls asleep .... hate that!
i need to tell her to take a whole day off ..... watch dr. who with us!
Jun. 2nd, 2006 12:36 am (UTC)
that is so cool!! i love the graphic image! well done
May. 25th, 2006 12:31 pm (UTC)
I think MySpace is great for bands and musicians who want to get their music out there, but you have to spend a lot of time on the site trolling for fans in order to get any benefits. My husband's band actually got featured on Alex Lifeson's page for a day! (He's the guitar player of Rush.) But the guitar player of my husband's band literally spends hours a day on MySpace, looking for fans of bands similar to theirs whom he can invite to be their friends and encourage to check out the music. When I get serious about putting out another Lindsay Smith album, I'll try to do more with my MySpace account; it really is a great tool for finding fans.

For people with nothing to sell and no reason to "network," I can't imagine that it would be as interesting. I like LJ for the same reason you do, madladyred, and for the same reason I like to read in general. It's a way to imagine other lives, to find out what it would be like to be someone else. I also learn a lot from reading about other people's interests. I think my favorite thing about it, though, is how the comments thread can turn into a 9-way discussion with people I've never even met.
May. 25th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
hehe ..... i agree
with myspace ..... i've noticed there is a lot of time that must go into it .... and i've searched for people about 3 times ..... and they really didnt seem all that interesting .... i've gotten too many bogus messages saying "wanna see my web-cam" .... NO thanks! ... it's really annoying ... but then again i have nothing to promote ..... well not yet at least .... and even once i do .... i don't think i'll have the time to do the promotion myself ..... subtitling a film is already hard enough ..... i can just imagine what is laying ahead in terms of film making ..... hope I'm not trying to bite more than i can chew

and yes ..... I love how one topic evolves into many different things .... awesome

as for talking to people one doesn't know ..... i met my wife on NAPSTER .... if you can believe such a thing .... it had a messaging service .... she asked me about something relating to a german band ... and one thing lead to another ..... that was in 2001 ..... internet IS a great place to meet like-minded people, but one does have to be careful .... just like in real life .... clubs and such ..... never been to a club in US ... but from what i hear ... there are crazies out there too

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