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If you can't beat 'em... [May. 2nd, 2006|04:29 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

I'm flat-out fascinated by what danah boyd says about MySpace:

Portability of identity doesn't matter. Easy-to-use interfaces don't matter. Visual coherence doesn't matter. Simple navigation doesn't matter. Bugs don't matter. Fancy new technologies don't matter. Simple personalization doesn't matter.

Before you scream "but it does to me!" let me acknowledge that you're right. It does matter to you. The question is whether it matters to the masses. And it doesn't. Especially for teens.

And:

If the moral panic over MySpace succeeds and causes a change in law (which it is looking like it will), everyone invested in social technologies will lose. In other words, stop celebrating the crisis and get off your asses and engage.

Okay, I will. You win. I'm tired of meeting people who are appalled that I'm not on MySpace. But maybe I'll just say I'm not, every now and then, just to see how they react.

And it remains a dealbreaker if I then write down 'lindsey@rockstargirl.org' for them and they say, and this is a direct quote, "That's not an email address".

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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-05-03 03:58 am (UTC)
Yeah, I did. Let's see...I had on a skirt, knee socks, and a brown hoodie, and I was carrying a lumpy dark blue messenger bag -- lumpy because there was a bottle of wine in it that I was bringing over to eliciel and royhuggins's place for their housewarming party. I might have seen you...dark hair, sitting on the couch in the back room? Maybe? I wasn't there for very long.

These social-internet things just get me down, cause I never seem to manage more than a handful of friends. I always find that they just threaten to knock my self-esteem down (and i generally feel good about myself, so long as I'm not comparing myself to other people).

So does LiveJournal not count as a social-internet thing? Anyway, if MySpace is about quantity of friends, then I definitely lose. Not like I've tried, though. Really, the reason I signed up is because it just seems to be expected of musicians now -- and indeed the one person who's found and friended me is my drummer.
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[User Picture]From: snafuuu
2006-05-03 04:31 am (UTC)
Wow, have these people never heard of top level domains? I have a MySpace account, but I only use it to log in when I need to stalk view people's photos. I steadfastly refuse to actually do anything with my profile. Ick.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-05-03 02:17 pm (UTC)
I know, right? For about five minutes, I tried to customize the way mine looked, but when I saw what I would have to do, it made me feel dirty.

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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2006-05-03 04:34 am (UTC)
If anybody ever says that maya@mix4pix.com is not an email address, I will cut them!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-05-03 02:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah. The part that really gets me is that he wasn't asking, he was telling me that it was not an email address. I can deal with skepticism, but for someone just say "That's not" moves it out of uninformed territory and into asshole territory.
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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-05-03 08:40 am (UTC)
Since you asked about it, I get to post a link to one of my rants:

http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1797007
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-05-03 02:08 pm (UTC)
You can post a link to whatever, whenever you want.

By the way, if you still haven't seen the video of the Colbert speech.
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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-05-03 10:32 pm (UTC)
Ah, at first I thought I had posted a link to the wrong rant. But it looks like you were just browsing through the many things I have written on e2? I have written a lot there.

And, you should think about joining e2. It is still the web's best community, I feel.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-05-04 03:08 am (UTC)
I think I have an account from years ago. Never really got into it.
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2006-05-03 06:50 pm (UTC)
i caved because i needed to contact a model for Dr. Sketchy.
i hate hate hate hate hate it
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2006-05-03 07:03 pm (UTC)
myspace is a flash mob! http://www.harpers.org/MyCrowd_01.html

uh. if i wasn't sick i could write something more coherent about it, espectiatlayally about hipsters and their coming and going from things
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-05-04 03:11 am (UTC)
Well, MySpace has been around for close to three years now, and I believe there are sixty million users (closer to 75 million accounts). Sixty fucking million, dude. They can't all be "hipsters".
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