MySpace Blamed For Stupid Kids
from the blame-it-on-the-web dept
All but 400 of the 3,000 students at a San Antonio high school didn't show up yesterday after somebody posted some messages on MySpace saying some kids were going to show up at the school with machine guns. This sort of stupidity is nothing new, but apparently, since it went out over a web site, the clueless school administrators want retribution, saying MySpace should be held "accountable", with the district's lawyers deciding if they should file a lawsuit. An administrator says that letting kids post unmonitored messages is "asking for trouble" -- so should all these kids' phone conversations be tapped and their face-to-face conversations be monitored as well? MySpace and other internet services aren't creating these problems and aren't to blame for them; they just make the spreading of information (sometimes known as communication) quicker and more efficient. The likes of Wal-Mart fear Google for the information efficiency it generates -- and it sounds like school administrators don't like the Net for the same reason.