MySpace used to ID rape, robbery suspects

March 26, 2006

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.”

original story

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.

2 Responses to “MySpace used to ID rape, robbery suspects”

  1. Who knows why… but either way your post is making me nervous about online dating even though I use the one service which has actual oppotunity to create community through discussion groups and errzatz blogs (they are censored).

    I don’t “myspace”, but I must say that I like the interaction of LJ. What I like about it is the multiple ways in which people create community and in which people use it. There are communities on just about everything — from serious academic stuff on down to my little pony collectors. So, you know, it’s ecclectic and less focused on being a space to pick someone up.

    I dunno what my point is. I’m just rambling. 🙁

  2. I agree. But then again… as heisenberg tells us: looking precludes the finding. Rambling’s much better.