Viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace

Fascinating paper about class issues in social networking sites, specifically Myspace and Facebook. From BoingBoing:

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.

Read the entire paper here.

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52 thoughts on “Viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace

  1. noa

    Seriously though, she’s cool… I now have a “blogs” folder in my bookmark stash.(Don’t worry Wesleying, you’re a button not a bookmark)

  2. noa

    Seriously though, she’s cool… I now have a “blogs” folder in my bookmark stash.(Don’t worry Wesleying, you’re a button not a bookmark)

  3. noa

    Seriously though, she’s cool… I now have a “blogs” folder in my bookmark stash.

    (Don’t worry Wesleying, you’re a button not a bookmark)

  4. Noa

    I was skeptical, and I’ll admit… a little defensive, after reading the excerpt.But I actually thought the paper was very good, and well written, and sensitive but fearless around all the parts that needed to be handled carefully.Who is this woman?

  5. Noa

    I was skeptical, and I’ll admit… a little defensive, after reading the excerpt.But I actually thought the paper was very good, and well written, and sensitive but fearless around all the parts that needed to be handled carefully.Who is this woman?

  6. Noa

    I was skeptical, and I’ll admit… a little defensive, after reading the excerpt.But I actually thought the paper was very good, and well written, and sensitive but fearless around all the parts that needed to be handled carefully.Who is this woman?

  7. Noa

    I was skeptical, and I’ll admit… a little defensive, after reading the excerpt.But I actually thought the paper was very good, and well written, and sensitive but fearless around all the parts that needed to be handled carefully.Who is this woman?

  8. Noa

    I was skeptical, and I’ll admit… a little defensive, after reading the excerpt.

    But I actually thought the paper was very good, and well written, and sensitive but fearless around all the parts that needed to be handled carefully.

    Who is this woman?

  9. Anonymous

    1) the writer is female, and uses ‘she’2) the writer took steps to have her name legally changed to all lowercase letters. just thought that should be mentioned.

  10. Anonymous

    1) the writer is female, and uses ‘she’

    2) the writer took steps to have her name legally changed to all lowercase letters. just thought that should be mentioned.

  11. Isaac

    Mad, I disagree:1) The writer is male, so he, not ze.2) This is a fictional narrative, not a thesis.3) Using the word thesis makes it sound more factual than it is, which is something largely based on impressions.

  12. Isaac

    Mad, I disagree:1) The writer is male, so he, not ze.2) This is a fictional narrative, not a thesis.3) Using the word thesis makes it sound more factual than it is, which is something largely based on impressions.

  13. Isaac

    Mad, I disagree:1) The writer is male, so he, not ze.2) This is a fictional narrative, not a thesis.3) Using the word thesis makes it sound more factual than it is, which is something largely based on impressions.

  14. Isaac

    Mad, I disagree:1) The writer is male, so he, not ze.2) This is a fictional narrative, not a thesis.3) Using the word thesis makes it sound more factual than it is, which is something largely based on impressions.

  15. Isaac

    Mad, I disagree:

    1) The writer is male, so he, not ze.

    2) This is a fictional narrative, not a thesis.

    3) Using the word thesis makes it sound more factual than it is, which is something largely based on impressions.

  16. Anonymous

    this article is just silly. facebook started for ivy league colleges and alowly expanded out from there. myspace has been around longer and has many more people, and has never had restricted access. is there college-aged person who didnt know the results of this ‘research’ long before it was conducted?

  17. Anonymous

    this article is just silly. facebook started for ivy league colleges and alowly expanded out from there. myspace has been around longer and has many more people, and has never had restricted access. is there college-aged person who didnt know the results of this ‘research’ long before it was conducted?

  18. Anonymous

    this article is just silly. facebook started for ivy league colleges and alowly expanded out from there. myspace has been around longer and has many more people, and has never had restricted access. is there college-aged person who didnt know the results of this ‘research’ long before it was conducted?

  19. Anonymous

    this article is just silly. facebook started for ivy league colleges and alowly expanded out from there. myspace has been around longer and has many more people, and has never had restricted access. is there college-aged person who didnt know the results of this ‘research’ long before it was conducted?

  20. Anonymous

    this article is just silly. facebook started for ivy league colleges and alowly expanded out from there. myspace has been around longer and has many more people, and has never had restricted access.

    is there college-aged person who didnt know the results of this ‘research’ long before it was conducted?

  21. j.mica

    ah yes because “kids who didn’t play into the dominant high school popularity paradigm” are trashy. that doesn’t make sense. yes, it seems a little skeezy based on other things, but this article (or excerpt) does not even suggest that.

  22. j.mica

    ah yes because “kids who didn’t play into the dominant high school popularity paradigm” are trashy. that doesn’t make sense. yes, it seems a little skeezy based on other things, but this article (or excerpt) does not even suggest that.

  23. j.mica

    ah yes because “kids who didn’t play into the dominant high school popularity paradigm” are trashy. that doesn’t make sense. yes, it seems a little skeezy based on other things, but this article (or excerpt) does not even suggest that.

  24. j.mica

    ah yes because “kids who didn’t play into the dominant high school popularity paradigm” are trashy. that doesn’t make sense. yes, it seems a little skeezy based on other things, but this article (or excerpt) does not even suggest that.

  25. j.mica

    ah yes because “kids who didn’t play into the dominant high school popularity paradigm” are trashy. that doesn’t make sense. yes, it seems a little skeezy based on other things, but this article (or excerpt) does not even suggest that.

  26. Brian

    Absolutely, academic research in the field of internet communication as a form of media is sparse, to say the least. (cough, cough, the new media studies department, cough)

  27. Brian

    Absolutely, academic research in the field of internet communication as a form of media is sparse, to say the least. (cough, cough, the new media studies department, cough)

  28. Brian

    Absolutely, academic research in the field of internet communication as a form of media is sparse, to say the least. (cough, cough, the new media studies department, cough)

  29. Brian

    Absolutely, academic research in the field of internet communication as a form of media is sparse, to say the least. (cough, cough, the new media studies department, cough)

  30. Brian

    Absolutely, academic research in the field of internet communication as a form of media is sparse, to say the least. (cough, cough, the new media studies department, cough)

  31. Mad Joy

    That doesn’t detract from the thesis. Sure, ze may not have done the careful analysis required to provide evidence to get this published in a journal, but hir point is still a valid social critique, and my gut reaction is that it’s not too far from the mark.

  32. Mad Joy

    That doesn’t detract from the thesis. Sure, ze may not have done the careful analysis required to provide evidence to get this published in a journal, but hir point is still a valid social critique, and my gut reaction is that it’s not too far from the mark.

  33. Mad Joy

    That doesn’t detract from the thesis. Sure, ze may not have done the careful analysis required to provide evidence to get this published in a journal, but hir point is still a valid social critique, and my gut reaction is that it’s not too far from the mark.

  34. Mad Joy

    That doesn’t detract from the thesis. Sure, ze may not have done the careful analysis required to provide evidence to get this published in a journal, but hir point is still a valid social critique, and my gut reaction is that it’s not too far from the mark.

  35. Mad Joy

    That doesn’t detract from the thesis. Sure, ze may not have done the careful analysis required to provide evidence to get this published in a journal, but hir point is still a valid social critique, and my gut reaction is that it’s not too far from the mark.

  36. Brian

    From the article:”For the academics reading this, I want to highlight that this is not an academic article. It is not trying to be. It is based on my observations in the field, but I’m not trying to situate or theorize what is going on.”

  37. Brian

    From the article:”For the academics reading this, I want to highlight that this is not an academic article. It is not trying to be. It is based on my observations in the field, but I’m not trying to situate or theorize what is going on.”

  38. Brian

    From the article:”For the academics reading this, I want to highlight that this is not an academic article. It is not trying to be. It is based on my observations in the field, but I’m not trying to situate or theorize what is going on.”

  39. Brian

    From the article:”For the academics reading this, I want to highlight that this is not an academic article. It is not trying to be. It is based on my observations in the field, but I’m not trying to situate or theorize what is going on.”

  40. Brian

    From the article:

    “For the academics reading this, I want to highlight that this is not an academic article. It is not trying to be. It is based on my observations in the field, but I’m not trying to situate or theorize what is going on.”

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