Or should we say “problem?” A fantastic look at MySpace and Facebook by Danah Boyd. Found via VSL.

She makes some great points and observations about the social networking sites. Including:

“The division around MySpace and Facebook is just another way in which technology is mirroring societal values.”

“As a society, we have strong class divisions and we project these values onto our kids. MySpace and Facebook seem to be showcasing this division quite well. My hope in writing this out is to point out that many of our assumptions are problematic and the internet often reinforces our views instead of challenging them.”

“I cringe every time I hear of another Columbine, another Virgina Tech, another site of horror when an outcast teen lashes back at the hegemonic values of society.”

She ends the article with the statement, “MySpace and Facebook are new representations of the class divide in American youth.” And though her observations and research have been mainly on youth/teens, I would argue that this isn’t simply a youth problem.

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 new iPod

Ohhhh how gorgeous. And I bet it’s so much better than my 4th Gen. iPod. Oh well, I’m glad I didn’t drop $600 on that iPhone!

jerry seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld’s genius and simple motivation tip.

matchbox twenty

Call me a nerd but I’ve been looking forward to some new Matchbox Twenty tunes for about four years now. Rock on. It’s about time.

 geosense.net

Test your geography knowledge on geosense.net. You can compete against others, too.

It’s like “Where In The World Is Carmen San Diego?” without the cool music. I suppose you could download the tune and blast it in the background while you play.

design-your-life.org 

Reading this blog and about the women who write it makes me rethink the grad school possibility…

lunar eclipse

Goo! It’s at 5 a.m.!

I will take photos, though. Another link, scroll down to the Aug. 28 info.

“If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are no way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” -Kurt Vonnegut