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New York Mag: Kids Say Everything On MySpace

New York Magazine shed some light on the ongoing controversy and misunderstanding between generations when it comes to revealing everything in cyberspace in its recent article Say Everything. It claims sites like MySpace, Flickr and Facebook have contributed to the "greatest generation gap since Rock and Roll."

As younger people reveal their private lives on the Internet, the older generation looks on with alarm and misapprehension not seen since the early days of rock and roll. The future belongs to the uninhibited.

Not to join the chorus, but I have to agree. Not only do most 20-somethings and younger have accounts on TeamSugar, MySpace, Facebook, Flickr or Blogger, but many post saucy pictures and expose bits of their personalities and life they might otherwise not share. I don't think it's always a negative thing, I'm just not sure older generations will ever understand online expression and community sites. What do you think?

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KiwiLu KiwiLu 10 years
just like clairepetrol said, dont put anything you wouldn't want to see on the front page of a newspaper.
KiwiLu KiwiLu 10 years
I think having a myspace is ok just as long you don't post your whole life on there. Also setting everything to private is a good idea.
amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
I don't think they say everything!
amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
Sometimes there are things you don't want to tell the older generation - that's why we post things online. It gives us a chance to tell someone - anyone - except our parents and get positive feedback. Kids get the most criticism from their parents and even if they understand that it's because their parents love them and want them to improve, kids still want to be praised and given good comments.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
I figure as long as nobody's trying to use what I post to steal my personal information I'll keep doing what I'm doing. If it ever becomes a problem I'll go on a deleting rampage.
gigglesss gigglesss 10 years
I have a myspace,but some of my friends myspaces' look like they could be a possible personal ad on
Tech Tech 10 years
I totally agree karebear. I love myspace and blogging, but I do think it's important people keep their online life manageable and private if possible (or when necessary). By the way, you should all be my myspace friend!
karebear karebear 10 years
I don't see anything wrong with having a MySpace page, etc., but I do think it's weird when people post provacative pics of themselves and blog every detail of their lives to the world. It's foolish to think that only your friends see what you post. I know plenty of people who check out random pages and, if they were total sketchball stalkers, could find most of the people in the random pages easily. Also, if you're one of those peeps graduating from college and looking for a job, be careful b/c I have been told that some employers do look at sites like MySpace and Facebeeok to look up a prospective employee. For that reason, at least, you might wanna keep your site private :)
clairepetrol clairepetrol 10 years
I kept a blog when i was 22 and once wrote an entry about a wild weekend at a beach house...months later stopped updating and writing, the blog deleted itself cos I wanst using it. For YEARS if you googled my real name it came with this one cached entry (even though it wasnt the last one I wrote). Its still there, 8 years later(!!) though thankfully not in the first 10 records anymore . Moral of the story is dont write anything you wouldnt like to see on the front page of your sunday paper.
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 10 years
Yeah Maggie has destroyed intimacy. That's kind of a sad story. Booyaka!
Tech Tech 10 years
Wow - that's wild Maggie Mae!
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
I just got one thing to say: my 22 year old sis-in-law posted that she was engaged on MySpace about a week before she told her family. My in-laws found out because someone saw and called them. ?
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 10 years
I have to agree too. I generally don't post photos of myself on the internet (not on my Facebook, don't own a Myspace). I think its because most people figure that the only people that would see them are their friends (which we all know is not true). Let's face it, the internet is the chance to be the person you've always wanted to be. You don't have to have the apprehensions that you would have in real social situations because, who knows who you are? Booyaka!
miss-britt miss-britt 10 years
i read this article and it is true most of my peers puts everything on the Internet but it's just us changing with the times. It's just like having a journal except we post it for everyone to see. I do agree we are making it that we don't have privacy and don't understand the meaning of privacy anymore but i think it's great that we have something like this that we can look back on and meet or keep in contact with people with using these sites. ****"Everything in life is only for now."-Avenue Q****
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