Long ago there once lived a social media network named MySpace, “A Place for Friends.” Adolescents and aspiring musicians of all kinds flocked to this popular new way of communicating, sharing, and making connections. In its youth, MySpace led a healthy, social life. Sadly, as it aged, MySpace became less popular as Facebook took its reign as the ruler of social networks.
Personally, this was the first social network I utilized as a young teen. The excitement of choosing a background, profile image, and finding friends kept me entertained. Friends, at that time, were people I was truly friends with, rather than acquaintances. I used MySpace to communicate with said friends as well. My MySpace phase came to an end with the discovery of Facebook. Alas, even if I had the desire to reminisce and/or delete my MySpace account, I could not as my previous email address I used to log in has suddenly ceased to work and exist.
Music was, and still is, the original reason for MySpace. My favorite band since I began using MySpace is Green Day. They do have a MySpace page that displays music videos, their music, other Green Day related videos, photos, and a blog. The band is quite popular, being a band that began in 1989, so they are represented on several other media mediums such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Imgur, and several fan websites and blogs. The only sites where the actual band members post are Twitter (the lead singer’s wife to be more specific), and Imgur.
As for Reddit, I do not usually visit this form of entertainment. The only cause for these visitations are influences from friends, mostly male. I find that males utilize Reddit while females spend insane amounts of time on Pinterest. I know this as I am a Pinterest user as well. Although I am not as obsessed as I used to be, I still enjoy finding pieces of humor, style, quotations,and much, much more using this site.
Levinson also discusses the topic of cyberbullying. This seems as if it would be worse than traditional bullying. Similar to texting instead of in person or calling, bullies find typing harsh words easier to say to the victim rather than in person. I have not heard of any cyberbullying in the news lately, but a film that comes to mind is the Lifetime movie, Odd Girl Out. It stars a young, attractive girl in high school who was a part of the popular crowd, but soon is bullied and cyberbullied by her own supposed friends when an attractive young man takes in interest in her instead of them. The school did not handle the situation well until the girl attempted suicide. The film really portrays cyberbullying as well as how horrible teenage girls can be toward each other for minor reasons.
That’s all for now folks! Toodles!