Speaking of MySpace, as I was in the previous rant…
Last spring, one of the local TV stations did a series of reports on the dangers of the web for kids, complete with an ominous-sounding reporter and plenty of tabloid graphics. Naturally, one major target of the stories was MySpace.com.
Last night, the same station (could have been the same reporter), used a large chunk of their news hour for a totally upbeat story on MySpace, focusing on how musicians, including a local band, are using the site (“online community”) to market their recordings and build a following.
So, why the change in attitude towards MySpace? I’m sure it couldn’t be because this is a Fox-owned station, and last summer their parent company, News Corp, bought MySpace for more than $600 million.
A half-billion dollar investment wouldn’t affect news reporting, would it?