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Video: Here comes another (dot-com) bubble

A group of cynically snarky dot-com burnouts skewer the Facebook/YouTube/Digg hype with a low-fi parody of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire." It isn't great art, but it is great commentary.

A group of cynically snarky dot-com burnouts skewer the Facebook/YouTube/Digg hype with a low-fi parody of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire." It isn't great art, but it is great commentary.

I honestly don't get Facebook. I'll admit to being an occasional Twitter user, but I certainly don't think it's a world-changing uber-app worth billions. YouTube may be a killer app for the moment--so long as we're willing to settle to for the low-quality video stream available on the Web presently--but only if they get their content and content-rights issues sorted out. Digg is already past its prime, just like slashdot and Fark before it.

What baffles me is how few people seem to notice the parallels between Facebook and, say, Pets.com. Both were set to "change the world," but no one was exactly sure how. Now, one is dead and the other is presently valued at $15 billion. We'll see how it turns out. Just remember, in that space on everyone's Web page where it says Add to Facebook, there used to be a widget that said Digg this and before that, it said Add to del.icio.us. This too shall pass.

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5 comments
aiyana
aiyana

Darn, the video isn't available anymore...

VA_Bill
VA_Bill

That the "digg this" button is still on THIS page, right above the article?

Jay Garmon
Jay Garmon

We're clearly behind the times.

JamesRL
JamesRL

I called her a goddess, and rightly so. Having worked for a company that got caught in the bubble (stock went from $120 to $1), I loved the video. A friend who used to work with me at that company just got laid off from another similar company. I don't get Facebook either, guess I like my socialization face to face or email user to email user. James

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

On Faebook/My Space is that they make a good place for people to develop artificial self esteem by getting "warm fuzzys" from other people they have probably never meet in RL. I prefer to see people with my eyes, hear them with my ears, poke them with my finger, and eat them... hmmm guess I'll stop here ;p I will be passing this video on to my friends and family, its damn good commentary.

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