Thursday, April 2, 2009

Julia Angwin

Host Bobbi Emel reports on the March 31st, 2009 visit by author Julia Angwin:

Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Angwin visited Kepler's to discuss her first book, Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America. Julia is very personable and a good speaker. And creative, as well: she brought along a colleague from the Wall St. Journal to interview her rather than read from her book or just summarize Stealing MySpace.

Julia took two years to research and write her book and the result is an interesting look at the story behind MySpace. Unlike start-ups and entrepreneurial ventures here in the Silicon Valley, MySpace was started in Los Angeles, the product of two people who were more interested in marketing and making money than in creating the huge social networking craze they started. Stealing MySpace details the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of the two founders as well as the involvement of media mogul Rupert Murdoch and others trying to "steal" MySpace. Although Ms. Angwin invited the founders of MySpace and Mr. Murdoch to be interviewed for the book, all declined leaving the book to be an unauthorized recent history of the MySpace phenomenon.

Both the audience members and Julia were very patient with our unique set-up on March 31 as both BookTV from C-Span and were at the store to record the event. It took some tricky juggling of microphones, but it all went very smoothly. I'd also like to thank our audience members who had questions for bravely submitting themselves to talking into the microphones for both the P.A. and for the television cameras.

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