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Myspace: outer space, out of place, or in taste?

by maceo manhattan (writer), Los Angeles, November 20, 2006

Fox interactive media made headlines a year ago when it announced its half a billion dollar purchase of Myspace. Industry analyst estimate that there investment has doubled if not tripled thanks to aggressive marketing leading to more corporate sponsorship and a base of members that exceeds 125 million. Having been a member on and off for two years now, I constantly question my motives and the motives of Fox. Is Myspace truly your myspace or is it your space?

Opening the Myspace webpage is like walking thru an x-rated virgin of Times Square in earlier morning hours. There are a plethora of dating sites promoting half naked women who are provocative, curvy, and bold at the very least. Once you start your own webpage you will face of barrage of people claiming to be your "friend". These "friends" are in fact klingon like robots that email you and millions of others simultaneously in the hopes of branding their product, service, or both.

One of the most intriguing parts of the site is the part where you look for people online. Interestingly enough, almost every person that appears in your inquiry is "online". I use quotations because "online" in fact means that whoever is on the other side left their laptop on so that you would click on them. It gets better; when you click on their profile there is a good chance that your mouse will leave you like a gold-digging 20 something housewife. It is almost impossible to steer your ship to a different webpage without shaking it like an orange juice container with pulp on the bottom.

There are some cool things about myspace. For people like me who are insecure and like attention, you can make friends faster than at an AA meeting in Hollywood. The friend request is definitely a trip to master. I thought I was popular with my “Borat” knock off website and its 136 "friends", only to discover that a guy in Ohio with twelve tattoos and three piercings has 13,600 "friends". So what do you do with all these friends? Well if you are opportunist you will either through a party and invite them or build a fan loyalty data base.

One thing is for sure with Myspace. It truly is outer space and fictional in many dimensions while allows it to be entertaining at the same time. Is it a waste of time? Depends on who you talk to. Personally I think it is a great microscope into American culture and the lack of it among its corporate sponsors. It is also a website of genius that could lead to something as random as dating for dogs are the art of posing. Either way its bitter sweet vibe is one that makes it a habit to some and a compulsion to many.


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4 comments on Myspace: outer space, out of place, or in taste?

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By Ariel on November 20, 2006 at 05:05 pm
Good analysis Maceo. I'm curious about something though. You're saying that you've been on MySpace on and off for 2 years. I've been on it for a couple of months only and I noticed a huge number of fake profiles. Was it like this 2 years ago too? Or is it a recent phenomenon?
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By maceo manhattan on November 20, 2006 at 05:24 pm
thanks for your comment ariel. it was definitely the norm back then. i can only imagine the number of "fake profiles" that sprout up when a 20th century movie is slated to be released (i.e. "borat"). i am 99.9% sure that most entertainment companies like "fake" buzz because it free publicity either way. hope that helps. -mm
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By Adler on November 20, 2006 at 09:04 pm
maceo manhattan, Funny how I found you. I did some Googling, that's another story. I just went to MySpace to see what it was all about. I've been around the planet a couple of times or two, lived in Europe for 10 years, then another 10 years in Asia, run A Linux Workstation, am a Web Publisher, yadda, yadda. Anyway, I also went to see what MySpace was all about. I also had this very weird performance of girls (if I had said I was a "girl", I probably would have seen "cute" guys) on the screen during sign-up, and then had an immediate "friend" in Cyberspace. Of course, she was just there for the entertainment value. What she was selling was pretty obvious. She claimed to be from the next town over, but was probably in Russia! Meanwhile, their Ad intensity is beyond belief. And, just like those earlier Dot.Com games -- C'mon 131 million members? Rupert Murdoch has shown what he thinks of us here in the US. Again, C'mon the O. J. Simpson thing. He does control the Media in both Europe and Asia. I've been there. At the very least -- someone @ the Congressional level should look into this. And, I'm serious. There is no reason that someone should have to see these vids, or meet these "friends". Thanks for your post. Adler in Arizona
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By Annonymous on November 26, 2006 at 10:47 pm
I would have read this article in its entirety but couldn't make it past the second paragraph. I do not believe that the piece was proofread before it was posted: "an x-rated virgin [should be "version"?] (How does one "walk thru (through) an x-rated virgin"?) The same paragraph contained a dozen writing errors. My hope is that we BrooWaha writers will pay attention to the details of language - grammar, spelling, punctuation, all the elements of quality writing to which professional journalists aspire. Our inspiring, courageous, and print-worthy stories must be held to the highest editorial standards.
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