A few days ago I got a friend request on MySpace from a pastor. It freaked me out a little (Pastor + MySpace = WTF?!?) but I figured he was an anomaly. Now I see this:
ROME – The Vatican has launched its own YouTube channel in what is being touted as a watershed endorsement by Pope Benedict XVI of the new media age.
The Vatican YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/vaticanit, will feature a selection of short clips of papal messages, produced by the Vatican’s television center and Vatican Radio.
The Pope is then quoted praising the internet as “a gift to humanity” and went on to expound upon the benefits of social networking sites, including Facebook and MySpace. He does warn, however, that “obsessive” internet usage could lead to “isolation”.
Um…WHAT?! Nothing that gave birth to the social phenomenon we now know as Tila Tequila is beneficial to mankind. Facebook and MySpace are fun, I will concur. But I don’t want the Pope or my grandparents using a application that lures people into taking “sexy” pictures of themselves in a grimy bathroom mirror. Also, I think it’s a bit of a travesty for “2 Girls, 1 Cup” and the Pope to be featured in the same place. But who knows, maybe this will help him reach more people or make the internet a holier place. I just can’t help thinking of “Buddy Jesus” from Dogma. Ick.