it is no surprise that Myspace and Facebook are not overly progressive or that they frequently have questionable or even outright offensive things on them. i do a pretty good job of avoiding most of it, but some is the advertisements (in my south Canadian accent that is “ad VERT is ment”) are unavoidable, like the wretched bridal ads that i mentioned yesterday, or the disgusting “Sexy Politics“, as mentioned at Feminsting recently.
but my biggest annoyance isn’t the advertisements. it happens to be a new application that has taken social websites by storm. it is the “Friends for Sale” or other similar and similarly named applications. the premise is exactly what it sounds like, you auction your friends off, buy them from each other, and claim them as your “pets”. the application also sends out messages to your friends telling them just how much you “paid” for them, and invites you to “see how much you are worth.
and from Facebook:
See? how much fun is that? let’s pretend that our friends are objects that we can buy and sell for our amusement! there is absolutely no problem w/ treating people like property and stripping them of their own autonomy. is there? if you think there is something wrong w/ that, then you must just not have a fucking sense of humor! b/c buying and selling your friends is the bees knees!
get it? GET IT?
i don’t have tolerance for treating people as objects for fun and amusement. it is not funny to buy and sell people. i routinely ignore them, but i am pretty much thinking that i need to be more vocal about my disapproval of such things. i am starting w/ this blog post.
not funny, Myspace and Facebook. not in the least.
but i guess i am just another humorless bitch, aren’t i?