The “Myspace” Phenomena on The Daily Show

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!

8 thoughts on “The “Myspace” Phenomena on The Daily Show

  1. No matter on what platform social networking takes place, the phenomenon is here to stay. For the time being. I think it’s great there are so many options. As for what the kids are doing on MySpace, I am not going to comment. Every generation needs to find their individuality and their point of rebellion.

    I have a Friendster and a MySpace account and I do notice different cultures on each. Friendster is less busy, easier for the “not so techy”, and I get more guys bugging me; while MySpace, for me, is about the music right now. I get all kinds of updates about the bands in my network plus get to hear their new stuff, and point friends to tracks I like. It’s really cool, no matter how old or young you are, if you’re into music. Especially indie music. – jennimi

  2. KPBS recently did a series on teenage life and culture. One of the episodes is about the MySpace phenomena. I haven’t listened yet, but plan to.


  3. Thanks for the link to the video. I know too many people who are absolutely addicted to myspace. There is a girl in one of my classes who learned HTML codes for text editing (bold, italics, etc) so her posts would look nicer. But she told me they were called myspace codes and I had to spend 10 minutes convincing her that it was, in fact, HTML codes that she had learned.

    Though I do have a myspace account, I seldom visit there because it depresses me to see some friends who are on there constantly.

  4. Daniel: That’s a good thing I guess… the subconscious learning of code. Like everything else, too much of a good thing is bad šŸ˜›

  5. Myspace was originally created as a site for indie bands to host their music and get heard, hence the music orientation, and Friendster was made for people to hang out.

    there you go

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