Omegas and Deltas

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 17:55 | Posted in social, web 2.0. | Leave a comment
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Danah Boyd has made an interesting observation: “good kids” in America switch from MySpace to Facebook or join Facebook as their first social network while “bad kids” either stay in MySpace or join there and stick to it. Danah has a problem with insufficient language to label these class differences in the American society:

I’ve been trying to figure out how to articulate this division for months. I have not yet succeeded. So, instead, I decided to write a blog essay addressing what I’m seeing. I suspect that this will be received with criticism, but my hope is that the readers who encounter this essay might be able to help me think through this. In other words, I want feedback on this piece.

The essay is here.

I have an idea about those labels. Not to be taken too seriously, though. I belong to the generation that was rolling on the floor laughing out loud while watching Animal House approximately at the time I would have gone to university, had that been my chosen path.

Those labels are right there. Omega for Facebook and Delta for MySpace. Fair and square.

via Basic Thinking Blog

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