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Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Week That Was: May 17, 2008

D'luv does an about face(book).

Last Sunday I rhetorically asked if we have Kylie fatigue. Funny thing is that this week I rather un-rhetorically have grown tired of another pop culture phemonena; I believe I'm suffering from social networking site fatigue. In particular, let's talk about Facebook.

I joined Facebook during a trip to Austin last September to see my pal Alex. He's found himself being a student again, pursuing his master's degree, and he got hooked on Facebook late last summer. And I'll admit, while visiting him, it was addictive watching him post pictures he'd just taken which then tagged and immediately linked to all his friend's profiles. (Ah, the origin of the notorious shirtless pic of D'luv at Austin City Limits...)

So I joined. Then I never checked my account after that weekend. The e-mails would come in over the months saying so-and-so had added me, and I'd struggle to remember my password and eventually remember then add them. Then I'd let another month or so go by.

But then things took a turn around February. "Kids" I went to high school with started adding me as a friend...people I hadn't spoken to in 16 years. Now, I'd been through this all before on MySpace, and it was the reason I was leery of joining Facebook; you get the friend add, you exchange one or two pleasant e-mails wherein you spill your past decade's life story into five or six paragraphs, then you never, ever, ever hear from this person again. But there they remain, on your "friends" list.

As a side note, in January I finally just deleted my personal MySpace (though the Chart Rigger one remains).

So, then this week rolled around, and I got a deluge of three friend adds from folks I went to high school with -- all three of whom were really, really nice people from what I can remember, but none of which I hung out with outside of whatever classes we might have shared. Maybe it's karma for the Throwback posts I've been doing?

And so I've been wondering about the kind of feelings these things dredge up. I guess it just depends on what your own personal high school experience was like. Me, I never, ever miss the high school years, though that's not to say I didn't enjoy them. In fact, I just kind of thought high school was strict and boring and couldn't wait to get to college.

Besides, shouldn't it be like Steps once sang -- some things are better best forgotten?

Inevitably, Facebook and MySpace are probably only what you make of them. They can be just what they say they are -- networking sites -- or they can be a means to sneak a peak at what kind of trash your former classmates got up to.

Me, I'm far to lazy to bother with either. I mainly just like seeing how ugly my exes turned out.

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's wedding pics are in this week's issue of People. (Or was it last week? Who can keep up with this bitch?)

The couple celebrated their nuptials in the most classy way possible -- riding the roller coasters at California's Magic Mountain amusement park.

Hopefully a bat didn't fly up her wedding snack on the way down.

Lorraine (remember them) have a new single out! Here's the vid for "When I Return To The World."

Their full album is finally out this summer (promises the publicist).

Coldplay have a new politically-charged video for single "Violet Hill." They should have shot for album title-track "Viva La Vida," which charted higher on Billboard's Hot 100 this week, instead. It's much more upbeat. But it's still Coldplay.

* Worrapolava: No, you were right, Phil. Katy Perry's a dumb snatch.
* Olga Loves Yuri: Wife be damned, he's going to see Madonna.
* This Man's World: Wife be damned, Dan's going, too.
* Fizzy Pop: Paul claims Alannah Myles is still alive.
* Poster Girl: Still boy crazy. Slut.
* Towleroad: Cyndi Lauper fever is spreading.
* Pop Trash Addicts: More Cyndi. Plus, I didn't win the Dannii CD.

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  • At 7:17 AM, Blogger John said…

    I haven't put anything that could identify me from my high school on my Facebook profile, so that hasn't been an issue. Like you, high school was more a means to an end. I have no contact with anyone from my graduating class, and I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything. The friends I have now are friends that I have gravitated to, instead of ones I was locked up with for four years.

    Having said that, since my partner is in a grad program, I'm on Facebook with folks from the program, and it is addicting. Not to the extent your friend had it, but still.

    That Lorraine video feels like it starts where Robyn's "With Every Heartbeat" video ends, and just blasts off into orbit.

  • At 7:29 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    Hmmm, i'm quite bored of facebook (and myspace) - all the people i want to stay in touch with I already talk to regularly, and those special bloggers I like get regular comments and emails from me:P There was a brillo article in Details recently about how people use facebook as a social status - sort of "look how many people are in my facebook group" type thing. Now I don't personally think there is anything wrong with having facebook or myspace groups, but I don't really need to hear about them incessently. Viva the wisdom of Details!!

    Alannah Myles of course is still alive! Check your inbox for some of her new black velvet (is that a sexual euphimism??)

  • At 3:25 PM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    Oh, I'm so over Facebook as well--have been for a while, though I'm not sure if it's weirder for me, though, since it's a school thing--well, expanded now, of course, but still big for college kids.

    I would protest, but I think I was probably typing up a post (not yet posted) that was basically an excuse to re-post a video with a hot singer at about the same time you wrote this.

  • At 4:09 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    John, I actually resisted putting the high school info in there for the longest time, but then I'm not quite sure why I finally did it. Anyway, knowing me, I'll get an impulse and just delete the entire thing here soon.

    Paul, I knew all that self-love over Details in the early '90s would pay off!

    PG, glad I'm not alone in feeling that way... in you being a slut, that is.

    Oh, and the Facebook thing, too.

  • At 9:21 PM, Anonymous numbfromdrugs said…

    I met my first girlfriend on a roller coaster at Magic Mountain.

    I turned her Mormon.

  • At 10:51 AM, Blogger Dan said…

    I very much go through phases with Facebook. Sometimes I don't log in for days at a time, sometimes it's much more frequently. What I don't like about it is the number of people I work with that are on it. My blog address was on my Facebook page for about 2 minutes after I got the first friend request from a person I work with, and then it disappeared. I was going to be brave and leave it, but then thought better of it.

    I was never into MySpace at all - too many ads and too many spam friend requests.

    I too have been getting friend requests from high school "friends" these days. I haven't talked to these people in nearly 20 years!

  • At 11:11 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    NFD, and she turned you whore.

    Dan, I'm glad I'm not the only one a little on the fence about Facebook!

  • At 12:35 PM, Blogger Yuяi said…

    I so agree about Facebook. I think you have to be about 16 to really enjoy the juvenile entertainments offered there. Plus, when you get poked, superpoked and bought imaginary drinks...who has time for all that shit? Not me!

    Thanks for the mention too! Is the Old Vampyre even coming to LA? If not, you can come with us. How generous is that?! :P

  • At 1:34 PM, Blogger Adem With An E said…

    I still very much love the Facebook, though MySpazz can fuck off quite frankly. On the odd occasion that I log into it, for days after I am bombarded with spam email. It's bloody ridiculous.

    I know where your friend is coming from though; I get home from something and the pictures go straight onto Facebook.

    I am a sad, sad person.

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