In her new book, Tracked, Julia Angwin pursues investigative journalism on the importance of electronic privacy in the age of social media and pervasive surveillance by marketing firms, credit monitors, government agencies and snoops of all kinds. The book is in production and has been sold to Paul Golob at Times Books, at auction, by Todd Shuster at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency.
Stealing MySpace chronicles the rise and fall of the website that made social networking a household name.
MySpace was the unlikeliest of ventures—barely funded, technologically inept, conceptually derivative and driven by rivalries. Award winning journalist Julia Angwin traces MySpace’s history from its humble beginnings as a spam and spyware distributor, as it stumbled its way to the top. It is a surprising story that features an all-star cast of characters including pinup star Tila Tequila, media mogul Rupert Murdoch and rock star Bono.
Central to the MySpace story is an epic battle for control that climaxed when MySpace was secretly sold to Murdoch behind the backs of founders Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson.
Meticulously reported with extensive endnotes, Stealing MySpace is a fast-moving business narrative reminiscent of Kurt Eichenwald’s Conspiracy of Fools and Bryan Burrough and John Helyar’s Barbarians at the Gate.