I thought creating a Fake Plastic Fish MySpace page would make me one of the cool kids. That’s what my friend Red said, and I succumbed to peer pressure. But then I found out that that MySpace was soooo two years ago. I really needed a Beth Terry FaceBook page. So I stayed up all night creating one last night. No, it didn’t take all night to create it. But once I got started, I kinda got sucked into this vortex of applications and friends and games and quizzes and oh my lord, this could take over my whole life!
One of my FaceBook friends advises that I should not start playing a game called Scrabulous because, in her words, “it will SUCK YOU IN, MAN!” Just what I need. Another electronic diversion to suck out my soul when I should be out appreciating nature and my kittens and my poor husband, for crying out loud. I’m already addicted to mindless games of Freecell.
What do you guys think? Is FaceBook a good tool for reaching a wider audience with a green message or a good way to waste tons-o-time? And will you be my friend and give me one of these , since our cats killed the live ones we had? Oh, wait. I already have one. It’s right here. Is this stealing? For those not on FaceBook, there’s this whole weird list of things you can give people as “gifts.” But from what I can tell, they’re just pictures. And I think you have to pay for them, right? Can someone please enlighten me?
Okay, okay. Done with this idle chatter. I really do have some worthwhile things to write about, and they actually do have to do with college students. First, Food and Water Watch would like me to tell you about their new I Heart Tap Water Student video contest. The contest is only open to college students over 18 years old. The challenge is to produce a 30 second to 3 minute video that includes the following three elements: 1) A declaration of your love for tap water, 2) Some discussion about bottled water consumption, 3) Make the case for why your school or any campus should give up bottled water.
The first place winner will receive a $1,500 award, and his or her video will be featured on the Take Back the Tap website; the second place runner–up will receive a $500 prize; and the third place winner will receive a Take Back the Tap gift bag. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges, including actor Alec Baldwin (who, IMO, rocks in 30 Rock) on Earth Day (April 22nd).
Second, I was also contacted this week by Trish Smith, a writer at a new site called Green Student U, which covers issues of sustainability that are relevant to college students.
The site seems very useful, and it turns out that Trish and I have the same taste in movies and music, so you can definitely trust her. Oh, sorry. I was channeling my inner teenager. But you could tell that, right? Okay, I have to get back to FaceBook and see if I have anymore friends.