The MySpace (OurSpace) primary

MySpace announcing a presidential primary for its members is more than a publicity stunt. It exposes the absurdity of geographic primaries in this connected age. MySpace members share a lot more interests and concerns with teach other than they do with their neighbors; I share more with my fellow internet residents than Jersey residents. But then, the rush to get every primary moved ahead of every other primary also reveals the absurdity of the system. All these states are attempting to get more attention (visits and ad revenue) and influence in the election.

But now MySpace steals some of that thunder, for candidates will now need to spend some effort and, yes, money there to make sure that Obama doesn’t walk away with the virtual election and the subsequent rush of publicity (just watch: the winner on MySpace will end up being announced on network news shows; it would be more newsworthy than last night’s NBC Nightly News report on the voting campaign for Sanjaya).

(Crossposted from PrezVid)

  • http://www.unjournalism.com Mike Keliher

    Why do so many commenters see themselves as smarter and better than the rest, including the people whose work brought said commenter out of the woodwork in the first place?

    I don’t at all believe that “all bloggers think they are journalists.” I do believe that most of them think they have something worthwhile to say, and in many cases, they do — thus the audience they have. In this specific case, Jarvis often writes intelligently about interesting topics that I don’t get to hear about other places. Call it journalism or don’t — I couldn’t care less. But that label doesn’t dictate the content’s value.

    If you don’t see any value is what’s being written, don’t read it. We — or at least *I* — don’t want to hear your pointless whining.

  • http://www.unjournalism.com Mike Keliher

    I see the post I was responding to in my first comment has since been removed. Still, my point stands!

  • http://deleted Tansley

    Indeed. A pity it was removed, Mike…but it was probably for the best.

    The only thing I don’t like about this is that it means ‘mo’ money’ for citizen Murdoch. Other than that, I think it’s great.

    One could easily extrapolate that the best method of ELECTING our public officials might one day be ONLINE. While so many complain about the ease of rigging electronic voting, the solution would be elegantly simple: allow more than one source/institution to verify the numbers. Let them all play watchdog on each other. If the numbers don’t jive, find out why, and keep working at it until they DO jive. No ‘hanging chads,’ no system outtages, no inaccurate counters.

    And no ‘out of state muscle’ harassing voters at the polls…

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  • http://ladow.net Bob

    I disagree Jeff that geographic boundaries are outdated in national politics. Let’s take a look at those earmarks that the White House released data about just today.

    Money is doled out by geographic regions. That our home state of New Jersey does so poorly is significant.

    If Biden were to win the MySpace poll, what would it mean? How would he capitalize on it? How would it even be significant? A broad network that is generally seen as teeny-bopper heaven is hardly a constituency. I liken it to the polls the Daily Kos might run.

  • Phil Stanhope

    Don’t get too ‘cyber’ on us. If the power went out, you would rapidly discover that you indeed lived in New Jersey.

  • http://www.buzzmachine.com Jeff Jarvis

    Mike,
    That comment wasn’t really a comment but spam. Making it seem to be about blogs was just evil cleverness.

  • http://www.downes.ca Stephen Downes

    You may not like it, but i think Obama is the net generation’s JFK.

  • C

    A MySpace primary? Yawn. Why should I care which candidate has captured the egohound / teeny bopper / pedophile-in-training / spammer vote?

    And let me guess – soon, there’ll be controversy over where MySpace gets to have their primary before Second Life, YouTube and Digg.

    Online famous-for-being-famous people need to get over themselves.