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Class Divisions: Socialnetworks vs. Income

I've spotted a very interesting essay published by a Ph. Student in the School of Information at Berkeley, Danah Boyd. She writes an essay about what it means to a american teen. According to this young student the class divisions in the United States have more to do with social networks, social capital, cultural capital, and attitudes than income. And this is a serious hipothesis that sociologists should take care of.

I do agree with many thigs she's saying in her essay Viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace. However, being a hispanic and not a teen anymore I should point out something she is talking about:
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. Teens who are really into music or in a band are on MySpace. MySpace has most of the kids who are socially ostracized at school because they are geeks, freaks, or queers.

I am not sure only minorties are still using MySpace or even teen for the same race and etnicity. TonNet as said before is not white and is over his thirties but it doesn't mean I haven't move up to Facebook or feel socially higher just because I have my personal network in Facebook. "For all of 2005 and most of 2006, MySpace was the cool thing for high school teens and Facebook was the cool thing for college students. This is not to say that MySpace was solely high school or Facebook solely college, but there was a dominating age division that played out in the cultural sphere." This statement isn't true either.

Please, go and read the whole essay and come up with comments. I still think Apophenia deserves all due respect, nobody has had the courage to say things like that, knowing all the controversy this statements might arise!


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  1. Sue Soto said...

    No es que este de acuerdo con ella ni tampoco soy una ignorante..pues yo tambien tengo mi facebook y mi hi5 pero eso del myspace si estoy de acuerdo con ella.. a mi en lo personal no me gusta myspace lo veo como muy de muchachitos...

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