On Beating the Horse to Death and Playing With Fire
Do any of you remember the yo-yo fad? If you’re over 16, you probably remember almost everyone you knew had a yo-yo, especially the “brain” yo-yo that came up by itself. In fact, I actually have one sitting in my room, unused with no string anywhere to be found. That was a fad.
Do any of you remember those annoying little furballs called “Furbies” that disintegrated your brain cells every time you had a conversation with it? Once again, another fad. It seems there’s always something new, whether it be a Cabbage Patch Kid or a slinky. But sometimes, fads grow out of their fad stage and move on to something bigger.
Blogs are one of the best examples of fads graduating to become something much more. I don’t want to talk about blogs in general, but rather I want to talk about a blog-related fad that graduated. Unfortunately, this graduate is no A-plus student. She has caused many to perish, many to hurt, many to reap the consequences of having made her acquaintance. Her name is MySpace.
I know I need not get into all the trauma and heartache MySpace has caused those who decide to make her acquaintance. Whether it be a relationship that turned into murder, a kidnapping, robbery, and assault or the thousands of cases of lying, attack on character, and gossip. I don’t need to get into personal stories of those who are addicted to MySpace, wasting hours on the site, facing bad friends, terrible ads, and “sickos” instant messaging or emailing them. That’s all been said and done. I don’t think I need to prove to you that MySpace has been the place where police go to in order to find school shooting plans. I do not need to prove to you that MySpace has hurt many, whether it be physically or emotionally, day after day.
But I must be fair — many other sites including Xanga, Facebook, and Blogger can have the same issues. But the unfortunate thing is that MySpace is the king of problems. It, just like the other sites, is inherently evil. It’s run by humans, and humans mean sin. Yet we can limit the amount of evil and sin, and MySpace shows no signs of making any effort to make the site a safer and cleaner site. They do not want permanent or effective safety precautions put in because it will make the site harder to use, and they will probably lose many of their users. Then again, temporary fixes are not the ultimate answer, but I’ll get into that later.
What are the problems with MySpace?
The Setup of MySpace
MySpace is ingenious, really. It has just exploded over the past few years, and the reason is it’s setup. It has email, private messaging, comment sections, a place to put your “blogs,” an easy way to upload pictures, and lots of really ugly site designs which people really seem to enjoy just because it feels more like a homemade site. For many readers, it shows passion behind the words. Personally, I call it ugly.
This setup shows the dumbing down of kids. These sites are extremely hard to read, and show similarities to a high schoolers locker. Ads litter the site, making it hard to concentrate on the words, which usually contain vulgar language, crude jokes, provocative photos, and all around foul mouths. This is the majority of MySpace accounts, which have provided a place for people to say and do as they please without facing anyone in person.
I really want to say that blogging is inherently evil, and not just MySpace and it’s users. I probably can say that, but unfortunately, MySpace is providing a place for it’s users to enhance their sinful lifestyles in the easiest way possible. You can do it on a Xanga account and you can do it on a Blogger account. You can even do it with a regular website. But MySpace provides the easiest way to do it, allowing you to run towards sin with no bumps or barriers along the way. In essence, MySpace provides an ideal breeding ground for all types of problems, from kidnapping to robbery to lying to gossip. The proof for this rests within newspapers across the country. If you don’t believe me, go to Google News and type in “Myspace.”
Unfortunately, many still will not agree that MySpace or Xanga or Blogger are part of the issue. Many hold the view that they are not to blame for any of the problems we have seen emerge since 2003 and earlier. It is the view that the users and the users parents are the only ones to blame versus the view that the users, parents, and the site are all pieces of the puzzle and elements of the issue.
Our sinful nature is probably the number one issue, and all can agree on that point whether you believe MySpace is part of the problem or not. Since Adam and Eve’s first sin, we have been living in a fallen world. A world where sin abounds, and where law is held in disdain. People thumb their nose at God, and ignore His creation as a witness to His existence. There is no fear of God, no respect for parents or authority, only a rebellion against all rules, regulations, and revelations from God–His Word.
Can It Be Fixed?
The question is, of course, can these issues of sin be fixed? Can we change MySpace and end the problems of assault, battery, gossip, and pornography? The answer is an emphatic “no.” Changing MySpace will only temporarily fix the issues. It will suppress them, which is a good thing. In fact, MySpace reform will probably save many lives. Raising the age required for joining and having a way to verify age will save lives. Having better watchdogs on the site will save many lives. Working to remove any and all bad material will save many lives.
But only temporarily.
As Christians, we know that sin is not going to be “fixed.” All humans, as we know, have fallen short of the glory of God, which is perfection. We cannot be as perfect and holy as God is. No one has followed God’s laws perfectly, and all have sinned. And will continue to sin.
The unfortunate thing about this is the fact that God has told us that all who sin deserve punishment. God must be a just God, and he must give us the punishment that we deserve – death. This death is eternal – hell. No one wants that. But as most of us know, Christ, God’s son, came as a sacrifice for many so that we can live. He died in our place, took our punishment, and allowed God to serve justice so that we might live. What we must do is repent and put our faith in Jesus Christ.
That’s the only way MySpace, Xanga, and Blogger will be fixed – when it’s users repent of their wrongdoing and put their faith in the Savior. From the looks of things, that’s not going to happen anytime soon, unless we get out their and seek and save the lost. It’s up to you – are you ready to reform MySpace alone, or are you ready to regenerate those around you, changing even more that MySpace?
I’m done with this issue for awhile. A long while.