From an article written about AOL circa 2001:
“There is an all out war going on between those who promote the Internet and powerful corporations who are attempting to stifle the growth of the Internet.
AOL pretends to be the internet, and restricts user access to web sites that don’t pay them.”
Fast-forward. It’s 2007. Eliot Van Buskirk from Wired writes an article entitled, “Note to Everyone: MySpace Is Not the Web. Get Ready to Move On” where he states:
…MySpace isn’t the web — it’s a business…Why should the company serve up its audience to YouTube, Sony and everyone else who wants a piece of the action for free?