Chris Barr alerted me to the MySpace special on The Daily Show. MySpace has been all over the news… and I’m really not sure why. Perhaps it’s something picked up by mainstream media and made into the latest cultural buzz. In my humble opinion (IMHO), Friendster was big in my days, then FaceBook and now MySpace. I feel a disconnect with the current generation since I really don’t understand why one social networking service can flourish one after another… is this a regional thing? U.S., Europe and Asia all having different preferences to social networking sites based on their inherent designs?
Anyway, in this episode we see Demetri Martin of Trendspotting talk about social networking sites, particularly Myspace. This was aired February 15th, 2006 with Host: Jon Stewart, Reporter: Demetri Martin as well as a Professor of Culture and Communications: Siva Vaidhyanathan. I couldn’t make out the audio in this noisy cafe, but you might have better luck in a quiet room. Here’s the actual Google Video link (works everywhere), as well as Comedy Central’s original video (doesn’t play on my Mac for some reason).
Aside: Thank goodness for Google Video, YouTube, and the many video sharing sites. What’s better than TiVo is really the collective goodness of services that allow us to share essential videos with the masses. Sure, NBC demanded YouTube to take off Lazy Sunday, but they’re really missing the big point. If it weren’t for freely floating viral videos, Lazy Sunday wouldn’t have gotten the props it so needed. Oh, let’s not forget how good virals turn into memes… just watch at all these Lazy Sunday derivatives!