August 24, 2007

The Mirror of Our Love

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There are a few things I don’t need any help with. I’m good at these things. I don’t need tips from books. I don’t need advice from friends. I know what I’m doing and I do them well. If Things I’m Good At” was a category on Family Feud, the number one answer according to the survey is: I’m good at thinking about myself.

Josh Harris made a similar observation in his recent post titled [My One and Only Week on Facebook][1].” Not only did he find Facebook a time-waster, what’s worse is that he found it stimulated even more self-admiration and self-absorption. (Thanks to Justin Taylor for highlighting Harris’ article, [AboutFaceBook][3].)

I’ve considered writing about MySpace and Facebook and their online ilk before, but as bothersome as they are to me, I haven’t brought myself to utter any imprecatory posts into the void. And, yes, I also get that blogs can be equally [narcissistic][2], but I still believe there is something expressly self-oriented about some sites. They make it so easy for online life to reflect what we most love in offline life: ourselves! Perhaps that’s one of the reasons they’re so popular.

[1]: http://www.joshharris.com/2007/08/my_one_and_only_week_on_facebo_1.php [2]: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/narcissism [3]: http://theologica.blogspot.com/2007/08/aboutfacebook.html


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