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.