Sunday, July 05, 2009

Lost in MeWorld

Hi, this is Me.

You need to know everything about Me. Here are hundreds of photos of Me. I am cool, cute, in the know, have photogenic friends, and those who aren't make Me look better. I can strike a pose, even hundreds of them: Me on display for you.

You need to know all My likes and dislikes, too: My favorite TV shows, movies, video games, foods, celebrities, clothes, tweets, and more. My trivia is your treasure--because it's Mine.

It's MeWorld: just Me for everyone out there, because you need to know Me. I need more friends on Facebook, more twitter partners, more posts on My blog, more cell calls, more links to Me, more emails to Me, more YouTube videos featuring Me.
You need to know everything about Me.

Don't you? Hello...

4 comments:

Emily said...

Thank you for pinpointing exactly what I find repulsive about all of those social media outlets.

It is not, nor will it ever be, all about me!

Fletcher said...

Ouch! But true...

I was thinking that I'd like to start using Facebook as a witnessing tool. What do you think? Since so many people use it, why not.

Craig

Eternal Truths said...

I agree that social networking tools, blogs, cell phones, emails, ect...may lead one deeper into narcissism, which essentially contributes to the "empty-self." However, with moderation, I believe all of these "tools" mentioned in the parody offer many positive benefits such as: keeping in touch with others who live far away, reconnecting with old friends, as for blogs-processing ideas and gaining feedback, learning about culture and friends, and more....

Certainly, balance remains the key to managing social networking and managing the empty, instant-self. I think it depends on the small choices we make each day on how we use our time, where we place our focus, and how we use our resources. It's a challenging balance at times, but I prefer that over isolation.

Benjamin Ho said...

I am reminded of a classic work by Christopher Lasch "The Culture of Narcissism". In a society of diminishing expectations, the attempt to elicit significance and recognition from the wider world is played out through these social networks. Thanks for the post.