Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Extremely Interesting Social Networking Post


Whoa... Stumbled on a post by Danah Boyd this morning that was sure to create some serious buzz.. It is a blog post about an essay she wrote on MySpace and Facebook and how they relate to CLASS in America today.. Some excerpts from Danah's controversial essay:

The goodie two shoes, jocks, athletes, or other "good" kids are now going to Facebook. These kids tend to come from families who emphasize education and going to college. They are part of what we'd call hegemonic society. They are primarily white, but not exclusively. They are in honors classes, looking forward to the prom, and live in a world dictated by after school activities.

MySpace is still home for Latino/Hispanic teens, immigrant teens, "burnouts," "alternative kids," "art fags," punks, emos, goths, gangstas, queer kids, and other kids who didn't play into the dominant high school popularity paradigm. These are kids whose parents didn't go to college, who are expected to get a job when they finish high school. These are the teens who plan to go into the military immediately after schools. Teens who are really into music or in a band are also on MySpace. MySpace has most of the kids who are socially ostracized at school because they are geeks, freaks, or queers.


I read this and was quite disgusted, not at Danah but at the path we are going down as a society..

We spend a good deal of time on college campuses and see a lot of Facebooking, MySpacing going on all the time... Unfortunately I think that Danah is pretty accurate in her study.. We always hear the "MySpace is for Losers"... There must be a ton of losers in the world, 186 million to be exact according to MySpace Numbers... I think I've said plenty on this one.. Danah has definitely started a controversial one....

By the way, according to Danah's recent post, there has been almost 100k hits on the essay..

Would love to hear your thoughts on this one..

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