MySpace.com Informative - Finally, a way to measure how cool you really are
I am completely convinced that Tom, the smiling and unintrusive first friend that everyone receives when they build a profile on MySpace, is really a computer program. Tom, quite similar to HAL in 2001, is an acronym for The Only Machine. TOM was designed for what looks like a fresh way to find networking contacts, activity partners, free press for your whiny emo band, and other assorted "friend" types on the Internet. But the horrifying reality is that TOM, via the MySpace code, actually works to generate artificial ruptures in real-life communication and social interaction skills. How else can you explain MySpace meets/ cult events? I'll allow that the program stirs creativity -- alter egos with email addresses in a way. And it can be a safe and fast way to establish bonds that could resemble friendships. But that's just the thing. If you want network contacts for work and play, shouldn't you go out and get them in the world where people conduct business? Like, you know, away from the computer? It's one thing to be able to type that you are looking for "someone real, people who get me, witty conversation, etc." but something entirely different to be able to deliver these qualities upon meeting somebody at a party. A party where not everyone knows each other exclusively online.