Opinion Piece: Why We Love to Hate Myspace

Well, not everyone.  Despite its ugliness, I found Myspace to be quite useful when searching out new bands–and least when bands used to post stuff to the site.

Myspace has gone through some really hard times but is slowly trying to remake itself.  Yet the stench from its previous incarnation is making it really hard for a lot of people to take it seriously. 

This, if you ask me, is the wrong attitude.  As a social network, Facebook long stomped Myspace’s face into the curb.  But as a music discovery mechanism, there’s still hope.

The Verge has this look at things:

Myspace is gradually inviting users to “new Myspace,” the first big refresh in the post-News Corp era, and already the claws have come out. We took a tour of the new site and found that its most remarkable quality seems to be how eager people are to bash it.

As with AOL, Internet Explorer, Yahoo, and other web properties perceived as dinosaurs, many users seem strangely eager to tear Myspace down over its struggles to remain relevant, as if the mere fact of its continued presence at myspace.com is offensive. The site’s death has been pronounced repeatedly. “MySpace was about to die a slow, painful, deserving death,” blogger Giancarlo King wrote in a memorium earlier this year. “Browsing old abandoned profiles is like walking through a social media Chernobyl.”

In the stretches between its highly-publicized redesigns, Myspace is most often referenced as a metaphor for obsolescence or in the context of the much-derided “Myspace angle.” And yet it continues to be just relevant enough to draw spite from a vocal contingent of users.

The morbid fascination with the Myspace saga is not unlike our persistent national obsession with Lindsay Lohan, whose cycle of failure and rehabilitation has become so predictable that it should have stopped being entertaining a long time ago. Myspace founder Tom Anderson, who is no longer involved with the site, apparently still has hecklers

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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