MySpace and urban renewal

Apparently MySpace deleted everything and hopes to rise from the ashes, newly branded and relevent.* This of course horrifies me, from the perspective of an archivist, historian, and user of cloud services. But, when juxtaposed with the web as architecture metaphor and digital self-segregation it feels like a social justice issue. Did a minority neighborhood just get bulldozed?

* I haven’t looked into it too deeply yet, so my initial reaction may be off base. I suppose I technically still have a MySpace account, but I only used it to display a feed from a site that’s been down for years; not exactly deep or current familiarity with MySpace from a user’s perspective. So while I have a philosophical dog in the fight, it’s not personal.

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2 thoughts on “MySpace and urban renewal

  1. I get the analogy but when a building is so dilapidated and dangerous that it’s inhabited by squatters and addicts, then urban renewal can be a benefit. In fact, much more could be done to collectively buy up and demolish vacant eyesores and slums that provide “social justice” to no one. As for Myspace, when much of your site is an electronic graveyard, it’s time to bulldoze what’s there and plant anew.

    • @E. Nigel Shilling, I urge you to have a look at myspaceshame.com where you will find evidence that Myspace was neither ‘dilapidated and dangerous’, nor ‘inhabited by squatters and addicts’. But even if it had been, demolishing it without any warning while there were thousands of people still inside — no matter how undesirable these people be to the richer classes — remains an act of inhumanity that actually bears a chilling resemblance to the most horrific act of terrorism in history.

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