Monday, May 24, 2010
Today, I was telling my sister about how the internet is so full of useless stuff to waste our time with. Yet, people busy themselves reading stuff that has no merit, that does nothing but enter their eyes and heads for a moment then off they go to the next useless site. They collect information, facts, and opinions, but gather no knowledge or wisdom.
Now, I spend a lot of time in front of my computer because one of my jobs is teaching online. Because I teach courses on contemporary culture, students post links to websites to help explain or give examples of media culture and social media.
So, recently, I entered FMyLife. At this site people send in horrible things that have happened to them that other people will find funny. (It's a requirement of your post getting accepted--it has to be humorous. The other requirements are that you have to start with the word "Today" and end with "FML"). Doesn't this sound so .... entertaining? Reading snippet statements of the bad, hurtful and stupid things that happen to people?
Now, since I have been teaching Chris Hedges' Empire of Illusion and also researching vampire culture for my upcoming class on literatures of the supernatural, this FMyLife post did make me laugh (it's one of the Top FMLs):
"Today, my girlfriend dumped me proclaiming she wanted someone more like her "Edward". I asked her who Edward was. She held up a copy her "Twilight" book. She was talking about a fictional vampire. FML" [my hyperlinks; his typo]
It seems fantasy is where many people prefer to live. Illusion is preferable to reality. It seems this guy's girlfriend is not the only one who always had a thing for vampires. There's even a meadow you can go to to find him. And who really knows how many Facebook, MySpace, bebo, Youtube or other fansites there are with members fantasizing over a fictional vampire? Many, many middle-aged women go gaga over Edward, credit Twilight for "making them feel like teenagers again" and "improving their sex life", and others like:
"Maruchy Lachance wants you to know that, at 46, she’s 'a fairly well-behaved individual' who has a great job and a loving husband and son.
She just also happens to have a thing for a fictional teenaged vampire."