MySpace is quite a cultural phenomenon. (Even I have one, check my sidebar). Millions of people, mostly young adults and teens, use this social networking site. Kids use it to meet at the mall or find out about where to find the coolest party. There are the dark side and yet there are some bright spots. The online world really is an extension of the real world–not a substitute nor something entirely new. This thought seems to be forming. Good can come from a gun, but guns indeed are a dangerous thing. MySpace can be used for good or be as human as we are.
A teenager dies and her friends grieve on her site. Her site becomes a shrine of sorts, showing the last time she logged in and the favorite movies she had at the time. [LA Times, Grief, comfort meet on MySpace ]
An article in CT shows how youth pastors are using MySpace to keep tabs on their teens. When a teen posts things that are dark and desperate, the youth leader can get to the teen right away. [Christianity Today, My Ministry Space]
Is the online world really just an extension of the real world–or is it a substitute or something entirely new.