Now I understand why I'm spending more and more time every day fighting back an endless, rancid spew of comment spam and trackback spam on this blog: Sony BMG is soliciting unpaid interns to shill their products online. As reported in Dan Mitchell's "What's Online" column in today's New York Times, Epic Records is seeking unpaid interns to write breathless encomiums about their bands and artists on blogs and sites like MySpace. The only real requirement is that you get credit from your college for doing so. From this ad on entertainmentcareers.net:
"Do you blog, have lots of friends at your MySpace page, and love music?
Epic Records is looking for skilled, motivated interns to promote artists on social networking sites like MySpace, purevolume, Facebook & others. Requirements: Interns must be internet savvy and be available to work at the Epic Records office in Santa Monica, CA 10-20 hours per week.
HTML & Photoshop skills are a plus, but not necessary.
This is a non-paying internship and interns must be able to receive college credit for their internship."
Isn't it great that the major labels are finally getting "with it?" They want to make it illegal to rip your own CDs for your own personal use, but at least they're down with MySpace!