Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Stop the World - I Want to Get Off

I wanted to title this post "Just bury your head in the sand and wait for your fuckin' prom!," but it was too long. The first article is a bulletin that is circulating around Myspace right now. The second is an article a friend of mine sent me yesterday.

They say history repeats itself and this bullshit is giving me flashbacks to the 80's when Heavy Metal music was to 'blame' for everything from suicide to Satanism. Some people seriously need to get a life and some parents seriously need to start doing their fuckin' job instead of foisting their kids on the rest of us, then come a-runnin', 'outraged' whenever their kid gets bitch-slapped. Enough already!

Who's to blame?

Anybody happen to catch Nightline Saturday night on ABC? In case you didn't, one of the hot topics discussed was MySpace. It is no secret to anyone who reads the newspaper or watches the 6 o'clock news that MySpace has been in the limelight because of "sexual predators" trying to "abduct and corrupt" the youth of the world. To this I say bullshit! I see dozens of profiles a day showing 14 year old girls dressed like sluts, wearing four inches of make up and 32 layers of eyeliner, displaying their age as 18 years old and profile lines stating "Oh, I'm So Sexy" or "Hey There, Wanna Check Up On It?" Come on! The youth of today's world are already corrupt enough due to the undying need to be "older" than they really are. I seriously doubt there are tons of people on MySpace stalking "innocent young girls" who just happen to have tramped up profiles and ages 4 years greater than their own.

On Nightline, there was a story of a 12 year old girl who was a drug-addict and attributed it all to MySpace. She claims that MySpace allowed her to easily find drug dealers in her area, as well as older men to have sex with her. Now, at the age of 14, she has been checked into a drug-rehabilitation clinic and has been away from her family for 5 months. Her parents would rather place the blame squarely on the shoulders of MySpace instead of their daughter, who even admitted that at the age of 12, had already tried weed, crack, X, and had slept with numerous guys older than herself...but of course, it wasn't her fault, it was all because of MySpace.

Once again, COME ON! When are parents and children going to stop passing the blame and grow up enough to take responsibility for their actions and the actions of their children.. Parents, monitor your children online, take some responsibility for YOUR children. Children, if a profile name sounds like something that comes out of a cheap horror movie, like "DARK ANGEL OF DEATH WHO EATS THE BRAINS OF GIRLS"...chances are you DO NOT WANT TO ADD THEM AS A FRIEND. Apparently there is new legislation in Congress now to block MySpace in all public schools and public libraries across the United States. All because little girls want to act grown and don't want to accept the consequences and parents don't want to accept the fact that their "innocent little girls" are posing as 18 year old crack whores trying to buy drugs.

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. (AP) - High school students are going to be held accountable for what they post on blogs and on social-networking Web sites such as The board of Community High School District 128 voted unanimously on Monday to require that all students participating in extracurricular activities sign a pledge agreeing that evidence of "illegal or inappropriate" behavior posted on the Internet could be grounds for disciplinary action.

The rule will take effect at the start of the next school year, officials said. District officials won't regularly search students' sites, but will monitor them if they get a worrisome tip from another student, a parent or a community member.

Mary Greenberg of Lake Bluff, who has a son at Libertyville High School, argued the district is overstepping its bounds. "I don't think they need to police what students are doing online," she said. "That's my job."

Associate Superintendent Prentiss Lea rebuffed that criticism. "The concept that searching a blog site is an invasion of privacy is almost an oxymoron," he said. "It is called the World Wide Web."

The social networking Web site allows its nearly 80 million users to post pictures and personal information while communicating with others. District 128, in Lake County north of Chicago, has some 3,200 students, about 80 percent of whom participate in extracurricular activities, according to school officials.

This is retardery of epic proportions. Since when did the schools become the morality police? Isn't instilling morals 'n shit the parent's responsibility? Whatever happened to being a teenager? I was at the dentist office the other day and they were playing a local radio station over the speaker system and the topics was 'single moms.' Women were calling in debating the whole working mom vs. stay-at-home mom dynamic. There was no shortage of tearful phone calls, yadda yadda yadda. At one point I just laughed outloud from the ridiculousness of it all. Fuck, get over it already! I'm so sick of the whole victim mentality. People have to work for a living. That's life. These people act like we're still living in the fuckin' 50's. Reality check: It's 2006, the economy sucks and there's a thing called The Internet out there!

Like I told the dentist when he asked me what I was laughing about, I said "I dunno, maybe I'm just getting old, but I think everything has been made so unnecessarily complicated these days. Everything is so over analyzed." He agreed, then I went to go have the barcode on my forehead scanned, so my bank account could be debited for his services.


Blogger Mon said...

I watched a similar special on Primetime on Friday. A girl got her drugs thru myspace. I am on there, but had they not had a show about it I wouldn't have known to even look. Why? Cus I'm not looking. Having something available doesn't make anyone do it. I find it all a bit ridiculous! A month ago on the talk radio station I listen to, there were parents trying to ban 'running' at recess. Why? Cus, kids can get hurt. I'm not making that shit up!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 3:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe that we haven't already hit the brick wall when it comes to political correctness and so-called child endangerment issues.

I really hope we hit it soon. I'm ready to go back to the old days when kids play with woodburning kits and took dodgeballs to the head. Kids need competition and disappointment in the developing years. If they don't, then they'll never prepared to fail (which is an inevitable part of life and the real world).

We're so safe these days that all the assholes are living longer. Whatever happened to the days when the kid that choked to death on his legos doesn't get to grow up and have kids of his own - natural selection.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 11:31:00 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

I am also waiting for Darwin's to kick in on this generation. Sad.

Thursday, May 25, 2006 6:44:00 PM  

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