Seriously, Yahoo?

I accidentally and tragically happened to stumble across a headline on Yahoo’s homepage about Miley Cirus’ perceived faux pas on the “orange carpet” at some Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Awards. Even though what I was looking for was an older headline regarding an ancient Biblical codex recently unearthed somewhere in the Middle East, I thought “What could this girl Miley have possibly done SO wrong to garner her a headline on the Yahoo homepage?

“Former “Hannah Montana” star Miley Cyrus looked a bit out of step on the orange carpet at Nickelodeon’s 24th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards, wearing a long floral-print dress with a train when most of her peers opted for shorts or short skirts.”

Oh no… how could she???

Seriously?? I mean, I understand the marketing concept behind pushing the entertainment section of Yahoo… but with nuclear plants out of control, riots breaking out in Afghanistan over some Floridian bonehead minister burning the Quran, and fighting in Abdijan (not to mention this ancient codex I’m searching for which could seriously affect Christianity as we know it), is Miley’s choice in award-wear really important enough to use up valuable real estate on Yahoo’s front page?? Does anyone else see the stupidity in this?

Additionally and on one last note of aggravation…. so Miley’s peers chose to wear shorts or skirts…. well good for you Miley. I hope you wear this with pride, take it to heart, and run with it. Aren’t we always telling our youth to not give in to peer pressure? Yay for individuality. I hope next year she wears an Oscar de la Renta evening gown, or better yet, a dead ostrich and finally outdo the fabulous Bjork.

That’s it for my rant. Now, where is that Codex..?

LinkedIn is from the devil

Facebook is bad enough. Do we really need to have a business-oriented Facebook called LinkedIn?

Now, if I remember correctly, I believe that Facebook did in fact start off as a more business-oriented alternative to the more, um, colorful thing called MySpace. Clean white and blue pages replaced heavily-loaded, ultra-patterned, button-carrying, rash-music-playing personal websites complete with compromising photos and unsavory posts. All this happened because there was a sort of global epiphany when people realized that your bosses could- and probably would at some point- check you out on the internet. Gasp! Horrors!

Well, it’s been a few years and people finally have seemed to forget, or simply not care anymore, that their boss and coworkers can see their status updates. “Block”, “unfriend”, and private statuses only go so far. Now it’s a free-for-all. But hey… lookit what we have now… the OTHER thing called LinkedIn!!

It was a good intention at the time.

Yet, the road to Hell is paved with Good Intentions.

How demoralizing it is to know that people you really prefer never to see again, will have the freedom to look you up in LinkedIn and see exactly what you’re up to. Yes, you could technically keep a private profile, but that could spell a certain death if you’re a freelancer (or unemployed) in this age of ultra-invasive social networking. Now we are forced to virtually bump into people that we fired, helped to fire, worked to death, people you trashed, people who trashed you. How uncomfortable. And yet there they are, as suggested acquaintances and connections, tempting network invitations, and on the list of people who have looked you up in the last 90 days. Merde.

I am not one to shy away from change, but this social networking thing is a change I am not too fond of. It is just getting old. Guess what… not everyone needs to know what you’re up to. And after a while, it’s not like they even really care.

Here’s to the death of the Social Network. *cheers!*

Note: This post was written in 2011. Social sharing isn’t going anywhere even though everyone hates it as much as ever. We can’t stop doing it, either.