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

Jason Wilson jason_a_wilson at yahoo.com.au
Wed Jun 27 20:34:53 PDT 2007


Hi all

On this topic, I wrote something last week comparing the shift from MySpace to Facebook to "white flight" on a group blog I am involved with via the New Media Research Group at the University of Bedfordshire. 

http://mad.beds.ac.uk/nmrg/?p=60

I plan to turn this into something longer - right now I'm thinking through the methodological implications of using freely available marketing-oriented demographics in a critical context. I think that this stuff may be useful when we want to react in a timely way to situations thta are in flux, such as the current shift towards Facebook, which I think has an aesthetic, privacy functions and a narrative of "tech success" that appeals to a middle-class, tech-savvy audience. 

Cheers
Jason Wilson

----- Original Message ----
From: Frank Thomas <news.ftr at free.fr>
To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
Sent: Thursday, 28 June, 2007 9:20:10 AM
Subject: Re: [Air-l] viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace

Hi Danah,
Félicitations. Even Le Monde cites you:
http://www.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,1-0@2-651865,36-928363@51-928862,0.html

The Fondation Internet Nouvelle Génération (FING) in Paris interviewed 
Hélène Delaunay-Téterel about the social distinction in French blogs 
(which seems to be different from the US American one) :
http://www.ent-leblog.net/upfing06/2006/06/interview_upfin_2.html

Cheers
Frank Thomas

danah boyd wrote:
> A week ago, folks were talking about class divisions around Facebook  
> and MySpace use in teen culture.  I was in the middle of writing an  
> essay about that exact topic(and some folks have heard me speak to  
> this issue over the last few months) so i didn't want to peep up  
> until i had written what i could.  I finally gave up and realized  
> that I didn't have the proper words for talking about this issue so I  
> wrote an essay with caveats.  I offer it to you to tear to shreds in  
> the hopes that maybe some good can come out of it.  (I didn't include  
> the full text here because it's long - i hope the link doesn't  
> discourage folks from checking it out.)  Feedback is *very* welcome.
>
> Viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace
> http://www.danah.org/papers/essays/ClassDivisions.html
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> [Barry - i disagree with your view that it's just local clustering  
> dependent on a random local seed.  I've seen this in too many schools  
> in too many states in the United States to believe that this isn't  
> about class.  I can't speak to Canada or Britain or anywhere else.  I  
> also can't speak to adult usage.  I'm talking solely about high  
> school teen usage in the US.  If you've got ideas for how to measure  
> this quantitatively when demarcating class is difficult, i'm all ears.]
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