THE PANDERING OF HARPER PERENNIAL'S MYSPACE SITE
(Or, Big Brother Comes to MySpace.)
Surrounded by bright and happy graphics designed to appeal to twelve year-old girls, appears this statement on HP's MySpace page:
"Harper Perennial is one of the paperback publishing arms of HarperCollins, Inc. Which is a global company-- so that means Harper Perennial exists . . . around the globe. So that's cool. Anyway-- we set up this MySpace page because we like authors and we like readers. And we're hoping that in our small way, we can put the two together.
"And a reminder, check out our blogs, The Olive Reader and The Cruelest Month. Seriously. Super fun."
(Picture some hard-edged robotic yuppie in a power suit sitting in a Manhattan skyscraper, with a hard expression, typing this. The ULA tried to pass out flyers to these kind of people this past January. They brushed past us stone-faced. We should at least get truth-in-advertising: "In our small way we're pushing for global monopoly.")
By the way, the Murdoch media empire owns not only Harper Perennial, but also MySpace. So that's cool.