Monday, June 25, 2007

[Air-l] viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace

Danah Boyd has posted an interesting essay on apophenia about American class divisions through facebook and myspace.

Accordong to Danah, hegemonic American teens (i.e. middle/upper class, college bound teens from upwards mobile or well off families) are all on or switching to Facebook. Marginalized teens, teens from poorer or less educated backgrounds, subculturally-identified teens, and other non-hegemonic teens continue to be drawn to MySpace. A class division has emerged and it is playing out in the aesthetics, the kinds of advertising, and the policy decisions being made.

Read the full essay here.

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