Posted by Dan Draney on August 5, 2005
Tycho spotted this AP story in the dead tree edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. It’s an article with practically no news in it. The only real news is that Rupert Murdock has purchased MySpace and that makes some of the LL denizens of MySpace nervous:
Some MySpace Users Skittish Sharing Site: “By MARY PAPENFUSS
Associated Press Writer
(AP) – SAN FRANCISCO-There’s a Fox in MySpace, and bloggers are squawking. Nervous members of the wildly popular online social networking spot are blasting its purchase by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., expressing dark fears in MySpace bulletins about the powerful billionaire’s alleged motives and the possibility of privacy breaches, monitoring, censorship – and access fees.
‘It’s something we’re very concerned about,’ said Scott Swiecki, 34, of Tempe Ariz., who’s a member of the MySpace group ‘Faux News’ as well as another group that combines the Murdoch name with an expletive. ‘There are a lot of counterculture people on MySpace. My concern is Fox will add fees and censor content.’ News Corp. purchased Intermix Media Inc., the owner of MySpace, for $580 million earlier this month, mainly so that Fox Interactive Media can reach the site’s 22 million registered users.”
There’s more of the same, but you get the idea.
Here’s a hint boys and girls: Rupert Murdock did not get to be a billionaire by spending $580 million dollars on a business and then driving away its customers. Chances are he doesn’t even know you Fox-haters exist, and if he does he certainly doesn’t care. Don’t overestimate your significance.