after everything, i still hate myspace

28 July 2006, 2:09 pm

For my taste, this does not compensate for

  • the leading edge of intrusive/obnoxious web ad delivery/click tracking tech
  • (sometimes including spyware)
  • the general level of inanity
  • the most obnoxious music player since the glory days of shockwave
  • funnelling more dollars into Murdoch’s multi-media empire

But Billy Bragg’s efforts to alter MySpace’s TOS (warning: tracking cookies and other nasties) is still worthy of kudos.

But however much I dislike MySpace, I don’t think the ludicrously overbroad HR 5319 is an effective answer to any problem it may pose, and I’m disturbed by the 410-15 endorsement the House of Representatives just gave it. I hope the Senate will show more sense, but I fear waving the “save our children” banner will continue to trump common sense and/or logic.

6 comments on “after everything, i still hate myspace”

  1. Ezra

    I can’t quite bring myself to get a (non-fake) MySpace account. (I currently just have a fake page up for Dickie Betts, and yes, it is a joke). I’m pretty much with you on MySpace as an entity, the craziness “think of the children” bill, the good-ness of Billy Brag’s work on the MySpace TOS.

    However, as for me, after everything, I still hate Billy Bragg. Just… rubs me entirely the wrong way. “The bard himself”. Gimme a f’in break.

  2. summervillain

    Hmm, well, he was kinda annoying when I saw him live a few years back with Robyn Hitchcock. (Dude! Preach to the converted much? Who do you think buys tickets to your shows? The local Young Republicans club!?) And my knee-jerk PC side is not too happy with the treatment of women in his early songs. But despite those flaws, most of the songs on his first 3 records are pretty much awesome in my book.

    I realize I badly need a disclaimer to the effect that I’m not saying all MySpace pages are inane. I have good friends (and family, for that matter) on MySpace and I don’t intend to cast any aspersions or questioning of judgment or anything at them. Different strokes, right?

  3. loudfan

    “Hmm, well, he was kinda annoying when I saw him live a few years back with Robyn Hitchcock.” I was at that show too (at the 9:30 Club), and I still remember the hilarious joke he told: “The names of which three English football clubs contain curse words? Arsenal, Scunthorpe, and Manchester F***ing United.”

  4. Paula

    And my knee-jerk PC side is not too happy with the treatment of women in his early songs

    Thank you. I do think he is a good songwriter when he’s not being overtly, boringly political, and it’s always bugged me a little that he seems to have that bloke-y attitude towards women.

  5. Paula

    Oh and re: MySpace–I just can’t get worked up about its bad points. It’s a nice, easy way to send people to your MP3’s, and to discover new music and make contact with other bands.

  6. summervillain

    It’s a nice, easy way to send people to your MP3’s, and to discover new music and make contact with other bands.

    On this note, I’m delighted to discover this morning that not only has my favorite band not broken up, but they have a new song (streaming only, alas) playable on their their MySpace page.

    I still feel like I need to soak my computer in lye after loading a MySpace page, but I’m feeling more charitable towards it this morning.

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