Internet not to blame

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2005

I am currently taking a year off from Juneau drama in Colorado, but am still keeping up with Juneau news. When I saw the front page on Sunday, I was completely disgusted. I then read the whole article and was just plain angry. It was completely one-sided and made teenagers that use these Internet blog sites look like hooligans. I have a Myspace, and this made me feel like I was doing something wrong when I know I'm not.

Yes, I do believe there is somewhat of a problem with alcohol and drugs in Juneau, but Internet blog sites are not to blame. Kids don't need the Internet to plan their parties; it just makes it easier. Even without the Internet they can find a way to spread the word. No matter what you do, there will always be underage drinking.

The only thing that really made me angry, however, was that there were absolutely no interviews with the teenagers in question. Not one student was asked a single question as to the lure of Myspace or even the dangers it may possess. These types of articles are supposed to show both sides of the story instead of just "Myspace is evil and it's ruining our children."

I'm fairly certain that many of the parents in this "Parents United" have done their share of "hashish" as your article so humorously put it. I know that they are just looking out for our best interests, but it is slightly hypocritical to say that what kids are doing these days is so horribly wrong. But if they want to help the problems we face in Juneau, they should focus their attention elsewhere because Internet blog sites are definitely not the worst of their problems.

Lauren Haight

Longmont, Colo.

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