trying to compare and contrast the two notions – both extrapoliations of how current technology will change society in years to come..Read more "you say Participatory Panopticon, I say Super Public"
from The Observer Murdoch goes all out for cyberspace domination … The plan, so far as it is known, is to turn MySpace into a full-fledged competitor to portals such as Yahoo and MSN. Murdoch plans to add the features that make sites ‘sticky’ – a sticky site is one that attracts more users to […]Read more "media giants still trying to buy audiences…"
This Is Not Spinal Tap: A Concert Film by Fans – New York Times But as the Beastie Boys set out to commemorate a concert at Madison Square Garden, the hip-hop group had a different idea. Why not smash the model? They decided to lend hand-held video cameras to 50 fans, told them to shoot […]Read more "BBoys make concert film with the fans"
“I think [the current portal] model is in danger of becoming out of date,” he said. “Young people today — who are the great users of the Internet — know exactly what sites they want to go to and they go there, they don’t have to work their way through Yahoo!’s homepage, or MSN.” Later he added, “It [MySpace] certainly won’t be a traditional portal.”Read more "Rupert Murdoch is no n00b"
Preeminent among these virtual hangouts is MySpace.com, whose membership has nearly quadrupled since January alone, to 40 million members. Youngsters log on so obsessively that MySpace ranked No. 15 on the entire U.S. Internet in terms of page hits in October, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. Millions also hang out at other up-and-coming networks such as Facebook.com, which connects college students, and Xanga.com, an agglomeration of shared blogs. A second tier of some 300 smaller sites, such as Buzz-Oven, Classface.com, and Photobucket.com, operate under — and often inside or next to — the larger ones.
Although networks are still in their infancy, experts think they’re already creating new forms of social behavior that blur the distinctions between online and real-world interactions. In fact, today’s young generation largely ignores the difference. Most adults see the Web as a supplement to their daily lives. They tap into information, buy books or send flowers, exchange apartments, or link up with others who share passions for dogs, say, or opera. But for the most part, their social lives remain rooted in the traditional phone call and face-to-face interaction.
The MySpace generation, by contrast, lives comfortably in both worlds at once. Increasingly, America’s middle- and upper-class youth use social networks as virtual community centers, a place to go and sit for a while (sometimes hours). While older folks come and go for a task, Adams and her social circle are just as likely to socialize online as off. This is partly a function of how much more comfortable young people are on the Web: Fully 87% of 12- to 17-year-olds use the Internet, vs. two-thirds of adults, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project.Read more "..The MySpace Generation.."
from WSJ.com Some Students Find Themselves In Principal’s Office Over Blog As parents wring their hands about Internet predators, many teens are worried about a different kind of online intruder: the school principal. Students are blogging about schoolyard crushes and feuds, posting gossip about classmates on social-networking sites like MySpace.com and Facebook.com, and sharing their […]Read more "kids love bloggin’, schools not happy"
Wired News: Bands Embrace Social Networking MySpace is aimed at teenagers. It claims more than 15 million members, and even established acts like Weezer, Beck and Billy Corgan are starting to realize the potential of social networking. Weezer’s new album, Make Believe, is prominently featured on the band’s MySpace page, and was featured exclusively in […]Read more "..Bands Embrace Social Networking.."