Jan 17

a trippy thought, huh? In all likeliehood there’s a fifteen-yr-old kid somewhere right now with a MySpace account who is building out his/her friend network and talking online about stuff fifteen-yr-old kids talk about. What’s interesting is that with the plummeting cost of disk storage and the Wayback Machine’s and Google Cache’s of the world, this kid’s MySpace page will probably be preserved in some publicly-accessible archive somewhere until the day he/she becomes President (at which point the data will be accidentally lost in a freak harddrive crash or better yet, mistakenly highlighted with a sharpie)..

This has interesting implications as the voters will be able to read firsthand what this kid was doing from a very early age. It’s cool in the sense that it would be great to have seen what Lincoln and Kennedy’s Myspace pages would have looked like but it has pretty huge implications in terms of the transparency of this person’s life and the psychological profiling that can be done by opponents. Makes me think of something I recently read to the effect of "recognize that what you write now on your blog will be someday read by a future employer or potentially a future mate." Pretty weird…

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4 Responses to “The future President is on MySpace”

  1. Scott Stroz says:

    You do realize that if the RNC and DNC had not yet thought of that, they each now have dozens of peopel researching how to keep all stuff for future use.

  2. Ralph says:

    Eh, the current president was AWOL from a "Champagne unit" for rehab from cocaine abuse. Kerry on the other hand was a decorated war hero. But you know more about Swift Boat than you do about Dubya’s three decades in a drunken stupor. History is meaningless to the typical American voter. It’s all about spin.

  3. Shanti Braford says:

    hey Sean – nice blog btw =)

    hilarious name "scrollin on dubs" hehe

    I used to worry about what I’d blog / put online because of that old "what if someday I wanted to run for President / be a politician" thought.

    But then I realized that’s a totally lame way to think, just let it all hang out =) That and I never want to be in politics anyway.

    I did learn to drop the F-bomb less, though.

  4. Scott Stroz says:

    You do realize that if the RNC and DNC had not yet thought of that, they each now have dozens of peopel researching how to keep all stuff for future use.

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