Population Statistic: Read. React. Repeat.
Tuesday, August 02, 2021

So MySpace users are spooked by the prospect of big-bad Rupert Murdoch buying up their playground, fearful of a muzzling.

My solution? Set up a real blog. Maybe then you could actually stick it to the man, instead of being under the current mistaken circle-jerk impression.

MySpace is a fad community anyway; it’s not like it would have lasted much longer regardless of whether News Corp. or any other media conglomerate had thrown money at it.

Besides, it shouldn’t bother anyone to be in the same corporate bed with Fox News. The company’s got so many far-flung media properties, representing a range (if limited) of viewpoints, that no one should think for a minute that Murdoch is looking to stifle divergent opinion.

The only value in MySpace is the demographic makeup of its user base, and how attractive that is to advertisers. No one gives a shit what they rant about on blogs that no one reads. News Corp. recognizes this, and is moving in for the kill. To imagine any other motive is delusional and childish.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 08/02/2021 10:11:54 PM
Category: Internet, Media, Business | Permalink |

Trackback this entry: Right-click and copy link
5 Feedbacks »
  1. Interesting POV. I don’t like MySpace either, but not for any of the reasons you listed. I think it’s just pretty stupid the way you can’t access anything without joining this clubby bullsh*t.

    The whole point of the Internet is that is freely interconnected, and MySpace totally undermines that for the sake of hipsters who still haven’t figured out that the tight angle close-up of your face does not mean you are sexy.

    Comment by r* — 08/02/2021 @ 10:56:47 PM

  2. Yeah, and that clubby approach is very 1997/AOL-ish. It’s a constant impulse for commercial online offerings, because it’s the easiest way to make money: Build a user database, create a captive audience, and start marketing toward it. As the MySpace transaction demonstrated, it definitely pays off.

    Comment by CT — 08/03/2021 @ 08:37:43 AM


    Maybe those whiney MySpace users were onto something. News Corp.’s recent purchases of the aforementioned online social networking community, and sports-addict site Scout Media, portend a big push by Rupert Murdoch to expand online media holding…

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 08/11/2021 @ 09:12:30 PM


    First it was the anti-Rupert Murdoch MySpace protesters. Now it’s Flick Off’s turn to act hysterical. A contingent of Flickr users are grousing about new rules under acquirer Yahoo!, and plan to snuff their accounts in protest.
    Perhaps no…

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 08/29/2005 @ 10:55:28 PM


    Ever since Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. bought MySpace for $580 million, everyone and his mother has been trying to create the next surefire blogging community site.
    A few days ago, I made note of Gather.com, a slight twist on this concept. The …

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 01/23/2006 @ 08:25:01 PM

RSS feed for feedback on this post.

Leave a comment

PLEASE NOTE: Various types of comment moderation may be triggered once you hit the "Say It!" button below. Common causes for this are the inclusion of several hyperlinks and/or spam words in the comment field. Please do not hit the "Say It!" button more than once. If you feel your comment is being blocked without cause, feel free to email me about it.