Annotated Bibliography

BERCOVICI, Jeff (2012). “First Facebook Killed MySpace. Now It’s Saving It.” Forbes. Available at: <http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffbercovici/2012/02/13/first-facebook-killed-myspace-now-its-saving-it/#304c17f9234e&gt; [consulted 4 February 2017].

In this article, Bercovici briefly informs readers about the collapse of MySpace. He writes about how Facebook, the social networking website that was responsible for the drastic plunge in MySpace users, is now helping Myspace regain some ground. The author also compares the old version of Myspace to the new one, describes how it has evolved over the years, and mentions its competitors. Bercovivi article is published in a well-known and well-respected online magazine. The style of language and writing he uses is engaging, clear, and concise. The text is informal. However, the fact that there are no grammatical mistakes and that the author appears to be knowledgeable about the subject matter gives the author credibility.

GOODLINGS, L. (2012). “Understanding social network sites: lessons from MySpace.” Visual Communication, 11, 4, pp.485-510.

In this article, Goodlings describes what Myspace is and what users can do with it. The author also writes about the number of users the site has had over the years and the history of the website. The main focus of this article; however, is to examine the connection between people and social networking websites. The goal is to look at what the impact of Myspace has been on everyday lives. This is a scholarly article. The author’s style of writing is formal and academic. The tone is authoritative. The information provided in this piece is reliable since it has been peer reviewed. Numerous sources that are cited at the beginning give legitimacy to the text.

MYSPACE (2013). “Press Room.” Myspace. Available at: <https://myspace.com/pressroom/aboutmyspace&gt; [consulted 4 February 2017].

Myspace has a section dedicated to proving individuals with information about the site. Users can read press releases, statistics and facts. They also have access to quotes and images of the logo. A part of Myspace’s “Press Room” is dedicated to showing readers the correct spelling of the name, presenting a description of the website as a whole, and supplying them with a chronological history of the company. The information is well-written and informal. This is an interesting source because no one who knows Myspace better than Myspace. However, it is important to be aware of the fact that there may be over exaggeration since Myspace is essentially promoting itself to increase its user base.

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO (2013). “The New Myspace Hopes To Be Home For Creative Community.” All Things Considered. Available at: <http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=240282835&gt; [consulted on 4 February 2017].

This is a recording of a broadcast of an interview with Chris and Vanderhook, the current owners of Myspace. The host of the audio recording provides a brief history of what Myspace used to be. The brothers then describe how the website has transformed into what it is today and the main differences between the old and new Myspace. The host and interviewees talk about profitability, business dealings, and marketing of the site. They also discuss what happened, what went wrong, with the MySpace. This interview is quite short and simply provides summary information about different topics relating to the website. Once again, it is important to note that since much of the information provided is from the CEO’s of Myspace, that what is being said might be embellished to suit the needs of the speakers

ROBARDS, Brady (2012). “Leaving MySpace, joining Facebook: ‘Growing up’ on social network sites.” Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 26, 3, pp. 385-398.

In this article, Robards uses the results and research collected from two previous studies of young people to discuss the shift from MySpace to Facebook. In doing so, he inevitably describes the two websites and lists some of the differences between the both of them. While the author’s focus is on the impact of social media and social networking sites on youth, he also takes a look at the various functionalities of these websites and learns which ones are the most appealing to the younger generation. The quality of the text is excellent. The writing is formal and, since this is a scholarly article, the information it contains has been peer reviewed and, therefore, is most likely to be accurate.

SALTER, Chuck (2013). “MYSPACE REMIXED.” Fast Company, 174, pp. 46-48.

This article is extremely fascinating because the author, Chuck Salter, interviews the Chris and Tim Vanderhook, the current owners of Myspace. He provides a brief history of the website, but looks, in particular, at what has been done, since they purchased the company, to turn it around. Even though Salter focuses on business and marketing aspects relating to Myspace, the article is accessible to everyone. The author uses an informal writing style; he writes short and simple sentences that are colloquial. The article is definitely not objective since the two people being quoted have an obvious interest in promoting the website.

A-TRAK (2012). « Les musiciens en deuil de MySpace. » Le Huffington Post: Québec. Disponible à : <http://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/atrak/musiciens-myspace_b_1452582.html&gt; [consulté le 4 février 2017].

Cet article est très intéressant puisqu’il est écrit du point de vue d’une personne qui était non seulement un utilisateur de MySpace, mais aussi un artiste. L’auteur compare les fonctionnalités, spécifiques à la musique, du vieux Myspace à celles de Friendster et de Facebook. Il explique que MySpace permettait aux membres du site d’être plus créatifs et de mixer de la musique plus facilement. A-Track, l’auteur de cette source, utilise un registre langue courant. Son article est tout de même bien écrit et il comporte aussi plusieurs termes qui sont propres à la communauté musicale ce qui donne au lecteur l’impression que l’auteur sait de quoi qu’il parle et qu’il est aussi professionnel.

GRONDIN, Anaëlle (2014). « On a testé le nouveau MySpace. » 20MINUTES. Disponible à : <http://www.20minutes.fr/web/1082073-20130117-teste-nouveau-myspace&gt; [consulté le 15 février 2017].

Le but de cet article est de faire découvrir aux lecteurs le nouveau Myspace. L’auteure commence par décrire le fonctionnement ainsi que l’esthétique du site. Ensuite, elle explique qui devrait l’utiliser et qui pourrait bénéficier de Myspace. Enfin, Grondin se demande si, grâce à cette transformation, Mypace sera de nouveau parmi les réseaux sociaux les plus fréquentés. Le registre de ce texte est courant et familier. L’article est tout de même intéressant puisque c’est écrit du point de vue d’un utilisateur du site web. Cet article est aussi important parce que l’auteur traite du nouveau Myspace. Il est difficile de trouver des informations récentes sur Myspace puisque le site n’est plus aussi populaire qu’avant.

LE MONDE (2016). « Les informations de millions de comptes MySpace en vente en ligne. » Le Monde. Disponible à : <http://www.lemonde.fr/pixels/article/2016/05/30/les-informations-de-millions-de-comptes-myspace-en-vente-en-ligne_4928733_4408996.html&gt; [consulté le 4 février 2017].

L’auteur de cet article informe les lecteurs du piratage de nombreux comptes Myspace. Il écrit aussi une très courte description de ce qu’est Myspace aujourd’hui. La lecture de cet article permet d’avoir un aperçu des problèmes de sécurité et de confidentialité que peut avoir non seulement Myspace, mais aussi d’autres réseaux sociaux.  L’auteur est transparent dans sa démarche. Il cite ses sources dans le texte ce qui donne une allure professionnel et autoritaire. Le texte est accessible, c’est-à-dire que tout le monde peut le lire et le comprendre.

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