MySpace: Still Relevant?

My favorite new phrase is “trailer park aesthetics.” Janet Maslin uses it to describe MySpace in today’s NYT review of a new book that digs the dirt on the site, Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America, by Wall Street Journal reporter, Julia Angwin. Maslin clearly finds the book fascinating.

The Washington Post review on Saturday agrees, but, given that Facebook has already surpassed MySpace as “the most popular website in America,” feels it is ancient history.  Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp acquired Facebook for $580 million in 2005 (the Post says this section “sparkles as a boardroom page-turner”). Despite the Post‘s judgment, as long as Murdoch is around, insights into his business practices remain relevant.

USA Today also mentions the book on their tech blog, and raises this interesting question, “How will News Corp head Rupert Murdoch react to one of his own, the Journal’s Angwin, in her dissection of a prized Fox Interactive property?” 

Larger ibraries have ordered the book in small quantities and show equally small reserves at this point. It is also available in audio, which fewer libraries have on order.

Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America
Julia Angwin
Retail Price: $27.00
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Random House – (2009-03-17)
ISBN / EAN: 1400066948 / 9781400066940

Unabridged Audio


  • 8 Tape; 1-4332-5886-2; $65.95
  • 1 MP3CD; 1-4332-5890-9; $29.95 9
  • CD; 1-4332-5887-9;$90.00

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