MySpace is starting to blow some major chunks.
I thought you had to be at least 16 years old to enter the site? (Yes, you do Carolyn.) Then why the hell is the MySpace homepage covered in the bedding of a 4 year old? (Good question, Carolyn.) Thanks.
Here's why: because everything that was ever and will be cool on the internet has been or will be purchased by the man and subsequently destroyed.
Napster, Friendster, Flickr, MySpace...
Blogger?... (Thank God for Google - though I suppose they are the Starbucks of the Internet. But anyone who knows me knows I love me a grande vanilla latte.)
I read a short article in the AM New York today about the government's role in regulating the internet. Here's a key excerpt:
On one side are broadband operators, such as AT&T and Verizon, which want to establish a tiered payment system that charges content providers extra fees for sending larger files. The telecoms say their networks are being burdened by the explosion of video and audio downloads.
On the other side, companies such as Microsoft, Google and eBay argue that creating fast lanes and slow lanes will kill the open and democratic nature of the Internet, which is what made it so interesting in the first place.
The concept at issue is called "Net neutrality" -- meaning the Internet would remain a level playing field for the biggest media conglomerate and the smallest blogger. The idea is the Web should stay free from any interference from the companies that own the wires over which information travels.
One advocate of Net neutrality imagined that the Internet would become more like cable TV, which has set channels, as opposed to today's free-for-all.
"This is not a geek thing; this is actually very much about how our children will experience the Internet," said Siva Vaidhyanathan, a communications professor at New York University and an advocate for Net neutrality. "For good or bad or for better or worse, that messy, loud, dangerous and often naked experience we call the Internet could become a much more structured and commercially based version."
I believe the word is, "BOO!"
I guess I'm too old for MySpace, anyway. I'm gonna hang on for now, because like Lianne, I have FOMS (Fear of Missing Something). But if I log on and see a Pirates of the Carribean skin on the home page, I am so out of there.