Category Archives: myspace

The Impotence of One

Well, door #2 had it. The account must’ve expired. For those of you who didn’t read the previous post, here it is.1

The demeaning, sexist, and misogynistic myspace ads are back – I mean the worst ones from match.com. Maybe I’m getting a little too ticked about this to sustain loyal readers but I’ll risk it. Partially because I had a talk with a friend last night and realize even more how much this stuff really hurts women.

Here’s my second intolerant response:

Myspace –

Apparently your last message about having removed the “It’s not OK to stare” ads was temporary or untrue.

About one in three women are sexually assaulted in this country. When I as a man see ads that feature women as objects, it tempts me to dehumanize them. This ad is very bad for the self-esteem and safety of women. Can your marketing team understand that?

I could apologize for the intolerant tone of this email, but I won’t. I’m not “tolerant” of these demeaning ads. Please forward this email up your chain of command until someone who has loved ones such as a wife, mother, or daughter can stop your site from selling out to match.com.

I am not pleased with your lack of honesty in informing me that this content has been removed when it has not been.

Thank you very much.
Nathan / Rock Prophetic

If this  letter resonates with you, I dare you to copy the other letter in this post and send it from your myspace account. To do this, you need to click the “report inappropriate content” link from the inbox. Or perhaps you are just more tolerant than I am.

The Power of One

This post follows this post.1

Which do you think happened?

1. In response to our emails myspace has pulled its “It’s Not OK to Stare” ads.

2. The account was about to expire.

???

My sister informed me of the 2nd option.

Online Dating Week: myspace and match.com Part 2

Could it be? I haven’t seen those misogynistic match.com ads on myspace today. I received this note in my inbox. Are they indeed referring to the offensive video ads as “removed?”

From:

MySpace Help

http://www.myspace.com/myspacehelp

Date: May 17, 2007 8:40 AM Flag as Spam or Report Abuse [ ? ]

Subject: Report Abuse – Content
Body: Hello,We have received and reviewed your report of inappropriate content. This content has been removed.

We thank you for your support in helping to keep MySpace a safe and fun community!

MySpace.com

Well, just for that I won’t add the “Spawn of Satan” tag to this myspace post! Did this really work? Not if the add returns next week. So now we’re just back to seeing Victoria Secret banners again on myspace. Progress?!?

Thanks for any of you who actually emailed myspace… it may have made at least a temporary difference!

Online Dating Week – Match.com / Open Letter to Myspace

This post updated here.

Match.com

One of myspace.com’s sponsors is Match.com . And yes, that IS “Dr. Phil” on the graphic. He is the “Neil Clark Warren” of Match.com.

Match.com can find you plenty of interesting people right down the street from you as soon as you want. That is a bit disconcerting after you have spent 3 months on eH being scientifically tested for 29 dimentions of compatibility. Too much too soon in my view!

But match.com get hook you in. Unfortunately I don’t appreciate their “It’s Not OK to Stare” web ad campaign on myspace.com and other places. This features a video starting off in an off-limits part of female anatomy and then zooming out to a “tsk tsk” tongue in cheek scolding flirty girl whose self esteem is so low that she takes this as flattery.

Imagine the implications for your little sister or daughter in such a culture as this 5 or 10 years from now. It is not acceptable.

So today I sent the marketing team at myspace another “Inappropriate Content” notice. This is what it said. There’s no copyright on this by the way, you can do the same. Or are you “tolerant” of this?

Dear Myspace:

This is another complaint about one of your sponsor ads, match.com, specifically their “it’s not OK to stare” ads.

Although I fit the match.com demographic as a single man, I don’t want their service – because of this campaign. It is demeaning to women to show them as objects by having videos starting off focusing on their breasts, up their skirts, and other parts of their body. Those on the myspace.com team who have daughters might relate to the disgust I have about this.

Please don’t think that I am preaching or moralizing here. The temptation is an effective distraction for me, and even more so for younger men (I am in my 30’s). I’m just not very “tolerant” when it comes to exploiting women in this way, and yes, this is exploitation.

Please pass this note on to your marketing/advertising team and encourage them to find sponsors that do not make money off of disrespecting women.

Thank you,
Nathan aka Ironworks Piano

Move over Dobson…

This is from Brownback’s myspace campaign HQ page:

MICHAEL W SMITH ENDORSES BROWNBACK FOR PRESIDENT

Michael W SmithNASHVILLE, Tenn. – U.S. Senator Sam Brownback announced today that he has enlisted the support of contemporary Christian singer and songwriter Michael W. Smith for his presidential campaign.

Michael W. Smith is a renowned contemporary Christian songwriter and artist. He has produced eighteen albums, ten books, and has won both the Grammy and Dove awards.

Senator Brownback is deeply honored to have earned Michael W. Smith’s endorsement. “Michael W. Smith is an exceptional leader who has profoundly impacted the lives of millions of Americans with his positive and hopeful message. No one has done more for Christian music over the past twenty years,” Brownback said.

Michael W Smith in 1990 or soBrownback continued: “Michael will be a key leader in the presidential campaign and will be an outstanding surrogate in promoting my conservative agenda to respect all innocent life, uphold marriage as the union of one man and one woman, expand individual liberty, institute a flat tax, and protect our nation against the threat of terrorists and jihadists.”

***a punk christian band
I’m glad someone besides Dobson, Robertson, and Falwell are nominating people for the Presidency!

But I’m waiting to vote for whoever receives the coveted “Reliant K” endorsement.

More MySpace Politicians

Barack Obama has been joined on myspace by the likes of:

  • Hillary
  • Tommy Thompson
  • John Edwards
  • Rudy
  • Dennis Kucinich
  • Sam Brownback
  • John McCain
  • Bill Richardson
  • Joe Biden
  • Chris Dodd
  • Mitt Romney

Who’s missing?

Obama Bookworms… To MYSPACE!

Obama’s Book

You’ve read “the Audacity of Hope”. You blogged it to fill the rest of us in. Although you don’t totally agree with Mr. Obama, you scored points with the rest of your fellow religious conservative blogger community Gen Xer’s for your tolerance and openmindedness, a coveted trait by most of us.

Now he can be your myspace “friend”, too!obama will be your myspace friend

myspace

 

At this very moment, you could be Barack’s friend #108017! Hurry up!

Never thought a poorly designed but popular networking site would double as the “town hall” meeting, but why not?
It’s sure cheaper than airtime! Hillary had better get her groove down to her local myspace if she wants to beat this guy!

This is a defining moment friends. Each generation makes its mark on the political process through its technology and culture. This is the moment of Generation Y or Z or whatever we call you.

You must hearken all… the way back to 1992 when as a high school senior and Clinton supporter (along with my dissenting Ivy League to be friends) I witnessed an unprecedented candidate for president deigning to be interviewed and questioned on… [gasp] MTV!

MTV

Rocking the Vote 

MTV! Such a thing had never happened before. MTV indeed!

At that time MTV only had one reality show (The Real World), the rest of it was a steady diet of Nirvana and Hole videos with some 10000 Maniacs thrown in for good measure. You also can’t forget the hip-hop and the rap.

MTV News Anchors - Kurt Loder & Tabitha SorenAnyway Tabitha Soren was the moderator for a group of politically minded MTV “Rock the Vote” youth, and at the end of the Bill Clinton live studio interview/open question session she had one last question for Bill:

Boxers or Briefs?

…Shock waves rumbled from DC or wherever that interview was throughout the land. Some punk X’er anchorwoman asked the future president what his underwear was.

Briefs. This is what they look like in case you don’t know.Upon his response, shock waves rumbled from every secondary school and college in the land… the president wears “briefs”. We asked, “what are ‘briefs'”? Underpants right? As opposed to boxers (those hybrid brief-boxers in the department store were not yet invented). I don’t think anyone called them “briefs” before.

So… what did this have to do with Obama?

So anyhow, getting back from the “brief” bunny trail to the subject of politics and techno/culture: I submit that Obama has acted, in a word that I have used thrice on this blog in conjunction with that blasted myspace, “shrewdly”. He and other politicians have changed future politics in doing so. Surely if he hadn’t someone else would.

Can you imagine what would happen if that porn spam hacker that slimed me and all my friends got a hold of Obama’s myspace page? Word to the wise!