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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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design-your-life.org 

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

Best of YouTube 

mumo

Make up. Make out. Makes me giggle.

Found this on the Webby Awards site. Someday I’ll get me a Webby award.  I’m looking for a co-conspirator.

One sentence. True stories, told in one sentence.

ken richardson polaroid

I like Ken Richardson’s site and his polaroids.

 daily palette

My new favorite daily-web-thing is The Daily Palette, a project by the University of Iowa to highlight the state’s artists – writers, painters, photographers, sculptors, video artists, etc. Something new everyday from someone in Iowa!

 ny to london

Directions from New York to London. Read number 23. Easy enough.

miranda july

Check out this site for No one belongs here more than you. Stories by Miranda July.

Found on bblinks.

joeapology

Wow, this site is a little (errr…a lot) depressing. Similar to Postsecret.