From news.com Comes a story about MySpace.
“A story out of Boulder, Colo., today might be of particular interest to those who meet people through social networking sites, or at least their parents in the case of young MySpace users…. Six men were arrested in connection with the rape and robbery of a woman who they had become acquainted with through MySpace, authorities told The Associated Press. The group met for a party that turned violent, with blood left in almost every room and some $40,000 in electronics, jewelry, clothing and other items taken, the story said.”
I find MySpace very interesting. It has almost no opportunities for content or any communication. It is I guess like walking past people in the shopping mall, or trying to meet people at a Rave. Too much noise and surface glitter to allow any sort of real communication. And when you have nothing to say, it is better to find a forum where this is impossible. Compare this to say LiveJournal where you are at least judged by what you write and say, who your social network is and what they say, as well as a pile of lesser accessed stats. I wonder if what makes MySpace so dangerous is the lack of depth possible, the ability of people to appear to communicate without doing more than shouting into someone’s ear about how cool one is.
Not that any place is free from the imposition of dangerous individuals, but when you have to spend a couple of months writing about yourself (and reading/commenting on other’s in a meaningful manner) to get any sort of cred (lj) or just start spamming people with infomericals about yoursef (myspace), I think that MySpace is just asking for trouble and LJ modeled on the notion of knowing, at least textually, who you’re talking to and what they’re saying.