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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 01:50 PM
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myspace.com Creepy or not?
The place kind of weirds me out
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kick-ass-bob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 01:55 PM
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1. Creepy.
I know some creepy people who have pages there.

That makes it creepy to me.
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Texasgal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 01:57 PM
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2. I say creepy..
Isn't myspace where they busted a bunch of pedophiles?
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SofaKingLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 01:57 PM
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3. Creepy
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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 01:58 PM
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4. A friend of mine talked about it
I created a profile and then realized it is a freak show. I converted my profile to a "band" one and use it for that now. I don't have much there, but most of my "friends" are musicians.

What I found strange is that the twenty-somethings seem to use it like a place to hang out and the 30 plus crowd use it as a sex market. Really strange and a bit pitiful if you ask me.
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 02:07 PM
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7. Pretty much right on
A lot of married thirtysomethings go looking for flings there too...
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 02:08 PM
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8. Hmmm, I'll have to look some more
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 02:02 PM
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5. I had a very weird encounter with myspace people recently.
I go to meet my buddies at the local Dave & Busters for beers and one of them is a member of the Myspace "Atheist And Agnostic" club. First off, they asked us to hold hands and recite "ring around the rosie". Second, since my bro and I refused to join in, they called us "fence sitters" and then started singing children's songs.

Sad thing is - I wish I could say I was making this shit up. It was quite possibly the weirdest thing I've ever witnessed.
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momophile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 02:05 PM
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6. aren't there a lot of kids on it?
as a new mom, this is one of the things that totally scares the hell out of me. at least I have a few years to figure out how to watch my girl online.
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TimeChaser Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 03:15 PM
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9. My little sister posted slightly suggestive pictures there...
... until mom saw them
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 03:25 PM
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10. LOL. That's another creepy aspect.
You've got old pervy people, and young pervy people too who look to be baiting a trap
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ghostsofgiants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 03:27 PM
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11. Despite being a user of MySpace, I fucking hate it.
Can't exactly pinpoint why I hate it, but I do.
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 03:29 PM
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12. why do you use it then?
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ghostsofgiants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 03:46 PM
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18. The chicks, dude. It's all about the chicks.
:evilgrin:
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ragin_acadian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 03:44 PM
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16. Myspace is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.
that alone gives me a reason to hate it. the same guy that brought you fox news, now owns myspace.

check out this article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4697671.stm

gives a pretty good insight into why he bought it: "Myspace, News Corp says, could drive traffic to Fox Interactive Media. And most importantly, Myspace has detailed logs of its users' preferences, online behaviour and personal information." - "Of course, every page of Myspace content contains adverts - and Mr Murdoch left his listeners in no doubt that their books would bleed red ink unless they found ways of exploiting the boom in online advertising."





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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 03:31 PM
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13. extremely creepy, my friends daughter has a myspace page that i looked
at and i couldn't believe what she had posted on it so i asked my friend if she'd looked at and she said no, well she went and looked, had a shitfit and made her cancel it. I don't think a lot of parents have a clue as to what myspace is like.
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hippiechick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 03:34 PM
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14. Creepy.
Blogged there for awhile. Too clique-ish and high school meat-markety.

Can't count how many unsolicited emails I got from 18-21 year old boys wanting me to 'teach them' what I know.

:wtf:
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VaYallaDawg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 03:37 PM
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15. Apparently some very strange, strange stuff there.
Some rumors here in Richmond about stalking going on there regarding a VCU coed who was killed here last fall. I don't have any kids of my own, but if I did, I think I'd either strongly caution them about that place or block it. Of course, there are probably hundreds of clones just like it. Parents really need to talk frankly with kids about that stuff - it may not help, but it can't hurt either.
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jpgray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 03:44 PM
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17. Creepy
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Magrittes Pipe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 04:05 PM
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19. VERY creepy. Nothing but teenieboppers and perverts on MySpace.
I have a MySpace page. :(
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Susang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-01-06 11:25 PM
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31. That's funny
So do I! :wow:
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 04:10 PM
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20. If I had underage kids I would block out that website
too many pervs on there trying to find their next hook-up through there
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anarch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 04:12 PM
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21. myspace isn't creepy
It's the zillions of creeps that creep around on it that are creepy!

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yorgatron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 04:52 PM
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22. here's the creepiest group on myspace
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 04:56 PM
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25. yes
myspace is about as creepy as any bar.

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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 04:54 PM
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23. I only involve myself with the music pages
and network with other musicians. It's pretty cool. I've found folks I used to perform with years ago there!

Well, I am part of the (very quiet) DU group...see link above!
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SteppingRazor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 04:56 PM
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24. Depends what site you visit...
Edited on Tue Feb-28-06 04:57 PM by SteppingRazor
It's not creepy if you visit mine!

www.myspace.com/dansweeney

Add me as a friend. I promise I don't bite :evilgrin:

I use the site to keep track of local bands... a necessity in my profession as a music columnist
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 04:59 PM
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26. Ooh...I love that song
...lookin' for the heart of saturday night...
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SteppingRazor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 05:03 PM
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27. Tom Waits is a freaking God to me. There is none higher...
Well, OK. There's actually a few higher. Dylan springs immediately to mind.
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 05:06 PM
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29. and how about Joni?
go to my page...I have lots of great musicians as "friends"

http://www.myspace.com/lisajohnson

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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 05:03 PM
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28. There're creepy places all over the internets
Hell, there're creepy places at DU. :scared:

MySpace is suffering from some bad PR right now because our lib'rul media, which doesn't know shit about the internets, takes information and runs with it i.e. the bad man contacted the girl/boy via MySpace, therefore MySpace is a den of inequity. It's been the same with AOL for years, to the point that AOL bashing has become pass.

There's nothing creepy at all about the tiny little corner of MySpace I inhabit.
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 05:15 PM
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30. Creepy. nt
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-01-06 11:54 PM
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32. I vote creepy
I stick to certain celebrity pages.
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MrScorpio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-01-06 11:56 PM
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33. I'm pimping my radio show on MySpace
Anything for exposure, I say!
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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 01:29 AM
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34. From what I know of it, creepy
Hoards of teenagers using it as a meet/meat market and pervs using it to pick up the teens. I'll pass.
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obxhead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 01:30 AM
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35. I'm scared to even visit.... nt
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Withywindle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 01:53 AM
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36. shrug!
How is different from any other create-your-own-web-space service, like Livejournal or Friendster etc.?

My boyfriend (age 32) has a page for his band and he's mostly linked up with other band sites. When I write about music I wind up doing a lot of research there since a lot of bands use Myspace for their homepages these days. It allows you to upload sound files and have a blog and link to others with common interests...I don't see a lot of kids on there because the musicians I look up mostly link other musicians...

It's no more or less inherently creepy than the Internet in general.
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-02-06 12:56 PM
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37. 'Why Youth Heart MySpace'
Many of you may have heard about MySpace, most likely due to moral panic brought on by the media's coverage of the potential predators and bullying. There is no doubt that the potential is there, but there are more articles on predators on MySpace than there have been reported predators online. Furthermore, bullying is a practice that capitalizes on any available medium. Moral panics are a common reaction to teenagers when they engage in practices not understood by adult culture. There were moral panics over rock&roll, television, jazz and even reading novels in the early 1800s <1>. The media, typically run by the parent generation, capitalizes on and spreads the fear with little regard for data or actual implications. Examples are made out of delinquent youth, showing how the object of fear ruined them in some way or other. The message is clear - if you don't protect your kids from this evil, they too will suffer great harm to their minds, bodies or morals.

http://www.danah.org/papers/AAAS2006.html

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