danah boyd, a PhD candidate at Berkeley, has studied blogging and social networking (among other things) and is currently examining how people present themselves in 'mediated contexts.' She recently published an essay summarizing her observations on the class divisions among American teens as they flock to either Facebook or MySpace. To summarize her findings bluntly, 'good' kids use Facebook and 'bad' kids use MySpace, for many reasons. Her article includes discussions on the nature of class divsions in America, the makeup of the military, urban vs. suburban aesthetics, childhood obesity and more. For you ethnographic research fans out there this is a quick read on an important subject with considerably larger implications.
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