L5 on myspace

Tired of GC vs EHSSQ? Here’s something to take your mind off it: PORN. Or, to be more accurate: the pornbots who appear to be slipping past someone’s rather porous borders at this Myspace fan site for Legacy 5 [NOTE: If you’re going to get up in arms about seeing suggestive photos of trampy teenage girls vampy for the camera and, well, doing other assorted things together, don’t click this link. Seriously, you’ve been warned]. Unless I missed the memo about a new “adult video ministry” somebody launched, this can’t be good for anyone, except maybe the pornbots.

Now, you might be saying to yourself, this is no big deal. Not like that Gold City outtake on youtube. All this is, is just some hapless fan site administrator who inadvertently let some porn posts get through (and my interns tell me this is not as difficult to do as you might think, especially if you’re getting spammed right healthily, which the interns complain about happening to them all the time around here … they tell me it’s especially challenging to keep the robospammers and pornbots at bay if you’re a particularly lazy intern who approves most of the pending comments using a handheld device whose tiny screen complicates reading and sifting comments, even moreso while in the car or in an elevator or while trying to cook). But I frankly think it would make for much more incendiary discussion and endless cross-talk in coments-thread flame wars if someone blamed, oh, … say, David Bruce Murray. After all, he DID urge southern gospel music to become a leader in innovative uses of digital technology online, didn’t he? Blogs are the devil in the hell of the internet! The Devil and Hell, I telleth thee. (Insert favorite cherry picked scripture here)

Update: Scott Fowler writes to say that L5 has contacted the site administrator and strongly encouraged him to remove the porn and police the site more vigilantly. Fwiw.

Later update: Aaron Swain, operator of the L5 myspace fan page, writes:

I run that site, and I check the Myspace nearly every day, what with all the friend requests coming in. I wrote Scott back and apologized, because I did not realize such things were on there. I deleted the user who posted them and deleted the comments. […] the problem is solved, and […] I never meant for something like this to happen.

As a side note, I don’t control the comments posted, but I’m gonna set it so that I have to approve comments before they are put on the page. Apparently, people are hacking and posting them.

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  1. dd wrote:

    oh my lord…..Here we go, this’ll be even worse i don’t know if i even wanna look at the posts to follow. break out the holy water, at some point, someone will be excorsied (?)…..well having a myspace site i can say that TOM the creator sent out a post saying that myspace as a whole had been phished, (hacked as i understand it) and that if we see any questionable things to immediately change our password. Having said that, you have to be a “friend” to post a comment about someone. Either they added them not knowing who they were, or they have been phished. Now you can put restrictions on the site moderating the comments that are posted. please guys, go easy. You know and i know this is not something that anyone in their wildest dreams would allow in ministry. We just need to tell them somehow so they can delete it.

  2. THOM wrote:

    There is a very active porn/spam poster currently working their way thru myspace sites that makes it look like the host page has approved the porn post.

    I saw the very same thing today on Mark Lowry’s myspace site. These posts appear in the “comments” section where people who visit your site have the option of leaving you a “comment.”

    There are settings that the myspace site owner can make that require approval of every “comment” before it is posted.

    All SG groups that have a myspace site should change their settings to require approval of all comments before they are posted. From what I understand this is the only way to control unwanted posts to your site.

    And in case you are wondering - “myspace” is quickly taking the place of email amongst people under age 30.

    Every band in the music business has a myspace site including every major SG group. In fact, Myspace was an exhibitor at NQC last fall and had people on site coaching groups on how to set up their own site. Myspace is very easy to use and has basically reinvented the traditional way people establish their own presence on the internet - which is essential in order to succeed in today’s market.

    We must take advantage of todays technology if we expect to be relevant as we attempt to reach todays world.

    As for L5, I am quite sure they were spammed and simply need to change their myspace settings in order to prevent this in the future.

    Thom Rawls - www. southernsonrise.com

  3. THOM wrote:

    p.s, - a closer look reveals that this IS NOT

  4. THOM wrote:

    SORRY - a CLOSER LOOK REVEALS THAT THIS IS NOT THE OFFICIAL L5 MYSPACE SITE - IT IS A FAN SITE MAINTAINED BY SOMEONE NAMED “SWAIN” - SO IT IS NOT THEIR OFFICIAL SITE AND THEY DO NOT CONTROL IT’S CONTENT. DH - YOU SHOULD PULL THIS THREAD

  5. Canuk wrote:

    THOM- Avery is quite aware that it is not the official L5 Myspace…thus the phrase “at this Myspace fan site for Legacy 5″

  6. dd wrote:

    dang we’re good. problem solved. or resolved anyway. that kid is 14 years old that runs it, wish i had a cathedrals site when i was growing up.

  7. Marjorie wrote:

    A previous comment mentioned Mark Lowry’s myspace. I have pasted the actual remark from Lowry’s official web site regarding this.

    February 21, 2007

    NO MYSPACE HERE
    I got an email asking if I had a myspace account. I don’t. I checked out the account and it looks really nice. But, it’s not me. Whoever runs it should state that it is NOT Mark Lowry’s myspace page. Because I don’t have one.

    mm

  8. David Bruce Murray wrote:

    However, if you look at the MySpace page for Mark Lowry, it has every indication of being Mark Lowry’s…just not the famous one.

    Surely the famous Mark Lowry isn’t so vain as to think anyone else who shares his name should change it. This site looks to belong to a 19 year old guy named Mark Lowry who loves country music. No one actually taking the time to look at it would assume he’s pretending to be the “real” Mark Lowry.

    Evidently Mark Lowry himself didn’t bother to look at it before posting his comment about how the guy ought to claim he isn’t Mark Lowry.

    See:
    www.myspace.com/marklowry

  9. David Bruce Murray wrote:

    Ah…nevermind. I’ve figured out what’s going on. Mark Lowry saw the following MySpace account instead.

    http://www.myspace.com/marklowry1

  10. Liz wrote:

    Well, if a SG groupd has their own website then why do they need a myspace page? I mean if they want people to post comments about things that are going on with them and their group, then set something up on their personal sites. C’mon any and everybody knows that myspace is full of sinful things.

  11. DM wrote:

    Well, we had Joyce Martin looking for a boyfriend. It is people like that who is making gospel music a joke. Did anyone notice Gold City signed with BSA again?

  12. Tom wrote:

    MySpace seems to have worked for Joyce Martin — or at least something worked, since she’s married now.

  13. DM wrote:

    Yes, I think she found him on MySpace. He looks 20 years younger then her.

  14. Aaron Swain wrote:

    Hello all,
    I run that site, and I check the Myspace nearly every day, what with all the friend requests coming in. I wrote Scott back and apologized, because I did not realize such things were on there. I deleted the user who posted them and deleted the comments. I would appreciate it if Doug would inform everyone that the problem is solved, and that I never meant for something like this to happen.

    God Bless,
    Aaron Swain

  15. Aaron Swain wrote:

    As a side note, I don’t control the comments posted, but I’m gonna set it so that I have to approve comments before they are put on the page. Apparently, people are hacking and posting them.

  16. David Bruce Murray wrote:

    I noticed the Mark Lowry MySpace page (the one that’s also run by a fan) has suffered from the same spammer who hit Swain’s L5 page.

  17. thom wrote:

    To Liz: “C’mon any and everybody knows that myspace is full of sinful things.” - Liz, True. But the world is full of sinful things, the internet is full of sinful things. Myspace is quickly taking the place of email and every major band has a site, including every major SG artist. There are 100’s of thousands of Christians using myspace to spread the gospel message. It’s just another tool - that can be used for good or bad.

  18. David Bruce Murray wrote:

    Saying a Christian group shouldn’t use MySpace to promote their music is like saying you should stop using email due to spam for Viagra.

    Just as you can fight spam to a degree, you can take precautions to keep filth off of your MySpace account. It’s just a question of whether or not getting your message into the highways and hedges is important.

  19. Aaron Swain wrote:

    Like I said, I check that myspace everyday, even more so than my own. That is simply because if something like what happened to the fansite was done to mine, I could get rid of it quickly and no one would know. But the fansite I’m running has so many fans, and the group it supports is so well-known, something like that would most certainly stir up something. Heck, I’m thankful that I was able to clean it off and apologize to Scott Fowler without the news of it spreading to an SG message board somewhere (although I would like to know how it managed to travel here…). I cannot express enough how sorry I am to L5 for that even being on there by hacking, nor can I express how angry I am at myself for letting that slip through the barriers I thought I had put up.

  20. Aaron Swain wrote:

    And about me checking it from a handheld device, I assure you I check it on my family computer at home. Just wanted to clear that up, since I saw that Doug had something about “… a particularly lazy intern who approves most of the pending comments using a handheld device whose tiny screen complicates reading and sifting comments, even moreso while in the car or in an elevator or while trying to cook…”.

  21. David Bruce Murray wrote:

    Aaron,
    Can you even cook? :o)

    Don’t be too offended by what Doug wrote. He also wanted everyone to blame the whole mess on me, after all. :o)

  22. Aaron Swain wrote:

    haha… i can cook somewhat.. and yea i saw where he wanted to blame you… ges i better count my blessings!

  23. Montana Man wrote:

    I pretty much respect what DBMurray has to say, but he slightly missed the point in #21, which Swain tried to build on. Here’s what Doug really said: “But I frankly think it would make for much more incendiary discussion … IF SOMEONE BLAMED (emphasis added), oh, … say, David Bruce Murray. After all, he DID urge southern gospel music to become a leader in innovative uses of digital technology online, didn’t he?”
    Doug didn’t blame, he used the “someone” and he tied it into DBM’s support of using innovative digitial. I’m sure that the porn thing was not what he had in mind. Accurate quotation contributes to discussion.

  24. quartet-man wrote:

    From Doug’s comments it appears he is saying that his interns say it is especially hard to keep the pornbots at bay IF you are someone who checks from portable devices etc. His point was that those who do not keep any more vigilant than that have more trouble in keeping it from happening. He didn’t say that Aaron was one of those.

    As far as DBM, his point there seemed to be poking fun at people who are out to blame the evil internet for such things. He used David to be facetious or even sarcastic that because he had dared made the suggestion that SG utilize digital tools, we should hold him responsible. This is to show that there are those people who think it is sinful to use, they were right, and we should burn the one who started it at the stake. :)

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