Free Republic
Browse · Search
Bloggers & Personal
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Did Whites Flee the 'Digital Ghetto' of MySpace?
MIT's Technology Review ^ | 14 July | Christopher Mims

Posted on 07/16/2010 6:59:50 AM PDT by flowerplough

(Danah) Boyd's current work argues that MySpace took on many of the aspects of a "digital ghetto" in the minds of teens who used the site, leading to "white [and asian] flight" from the site, analogous to the white flight from the city to the suburbs that took place in the U.S. beginning in the 1960's. Boyd continues:

Consider the parallels. In some senses, the first teens to move to the "suburbs" were those who bought into a Teen Dream of collegiate maturity, namely those who were expressly headed towards dorm-­based universities and colleges. They were the elite who were given land in the new suburbs before plots were broadly available. The suburbs of Facebook signaled more mature living, complete with digital fences to keep out strangers. The narrative that these digital suburbs were safer than the city enhanced its desirability, particularly for those who had no interest in interacting with people who were different.

Boyd argues that MySpace's inability to deal with spammers added to the feeling of urban blight that overtook the site, leaving derelict profiles "covered in spam, a form of digital graffiti... As MySpace failed to address these issues, spammers took over like street gangs."

Subsequent media coverage of the "death of MySpace" was a direct result of this flight, says Boyd. For example, she cites a 2009 New York Times article that was entitled "Do You Know Anyone Still on MySpace?" despite the fact that at the time Facebook and MySpace has roughly equal numbers of users.

(Excerpt) Read more at technologyreview.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Society
KEYWORDS: academia; cantgetarealjob; danahboyd; dementalillness; facebook; harvard; leftuniverse; lunaticleft; myspace; pomocrap; racistleft; socialmedia
Facebook - "with digital fences to keep out strangers," versus " MySpace's inability to deal with spammers".

You make the call.

White [and Asian] flight, or common sense?

1 posted on 07/16/2010 6:59:51 AM PDT by flowerplough
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: flowerplough

It logically follows then that we should expect Al Sharpton to take over as spokesman for MySpace?


2 posted on 07/16/2010 7:02:32 AM PDT by PGR88
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: flowerplough

Pure racist tripe.


3 posted on 07/16/2010 7:02:58 AM PDT by Paladin2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: PGR88

Well Obama is turning America into Detroit ...


4 posted on 07/16/2010 7:05:26 AM PDT by Tarpon (Obama-Speak ... the fusion of sophistry and Newspeak. It's not a gift, it's just lies.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: PGR88

Well Obama is turning America into Detroit ...


5 posted on 07/16/2010 7:05:45 AM PDT by Tarpon (Obama-Speak ... the fusion of sophistry and Newspeak. It's not a gift, it's just lies.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: flowerplough

Myspace was originally created for bands and that’s what I use it for..to search out music of the genre I enjoy. That’s it. I just never got into social websites. They are just glorified dating sites for guys to try and hunt down a piece of ass and for girls to gossip.


6 posted on 07/16/2010 7:06:13 AM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Hope and Change. Rhetoric embraced by the Insane - Obama, The Chump in Charge)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Paladin2

I agree, this is not a race issue, myspace started to suck and alternatives were found.


7 posted on 07/16/2010 7:06:55 AM PDT by edcoil (OK, so what's the speed of dark?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: flowerplough

Ironic yet funny how everything these days is so race oriented, huh? “Whites” ...lulz. =.=


8 posted on 07/16/2010 7:10:38 AM PDT by cranked
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: flowerplough

I think Facebook just happened to catch on big.


9 posted on 07/16/2010 7:10:59 AM PDT by Jack Wilson
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: edcoil

i dunno much about myspace, but why is facebook better than myspace.


10 posted on 07/16/2010 7:15:59 AM PDT by 4rcane
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: flowerplough

Given that non-white, non-asian Myspace users have the same access to FB as whites and asians, I’m finding it hard to lend the theory any credence without a white hood on my head.


11 posted on 07/16/2010 7:18:27 AM PDT by Mr. Bird
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: flowerplough

Sort of like that race-baiting “news” article in Newsweek written by some kid named Graham that was mentioned on The Factor last night. The kid narrowed the New Black Panther intimidation case into one about whites whining. Megyn Kelly put her legal and journalism backgrounds against the kid’s and can we say, “No contest!”

Maybe, just maybe, a lot of the new Facebook folks were simply tired of spam.


12 posted on 07/16/2010 7:18:58 AM PDT by 12Gauge687 (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: flowerplough

The obvious solution is to force every white person in America to create a MySpace login AND use it at least once a day. Failure to do so will result in prosecution by Eric Holder’s “Justice” Department, as soon as the Arizona lawsuit is finished, and the paperwork for dismissing the cases against the New Black Panthers and the sanctuary cities is pushed through.


13 posted on 07/16/2010 7:20:00 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (The success of Darwinism was accompanied by a decline in scientific integrity. - Dr. Wm R. Thompson)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 4rcane

Long list but also, not flavor of the month.


14 posted on 07/16/2010 7:20:42 AM PDT by edcoil (OK, so what's the speed of dark?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: flowerplough
My coffee's too hot.

Racist coffee.

15 posted on 07/16/2010 7:21:33 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cranked
Really! Can't we move forward on race instead of just drudging up the past forever?

The narrative that these digital suburbs were safer than the city enhanced its desirability, particularly for those who had no interest in interacting with people who were different.

Plu-ease! Narrative? What narrative? Everybody has the right to interact with who they want to. Sometimes it's reciprocated, sometimes not. That's life.

16 posted on 07/16/2010 7:21:35 AM PDT by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Clock King

I called a bunch of whining black women “cows” and someone accused me of being racist. I said all the cows around my farm are white. And they are.


17 posted on 07/16/2010 7:26:46 AM PDT by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: MAD-AS-HELL
I just never got into social websites. They are just glorified dating sites for guys to try and hunt down a piece of ass and for girls to gossip.

I disagree. Facebook is great for staying in touch with friends and family, events, pictures, etc.. One just needs to make sure they bolt down the security settings and don't get overly personal.
18 posted on 07/16/2010 7:29:55 AM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: flowerplough

Kinda reminds me of what happened to the CB radio craze of the 70’s


19 posted on 07/16/2010 7:30:10 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: al baby

10-4


20 posted on 07/16/2010 7:35:53 AM PDT by dasboot (Down: up. Up: down.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: flowerplough
Sounds like they are blaming the victim for not tolerating the crime. . ▼
21 posted on 07/16/2010 7:42:06 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RobRoy

Good thing you didn’t call them water buffaloes.


22 posted on 07/16/2010 7:44:02 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Sure I've heard of grits. I just never actually *seen* a grit before.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: flowerplough
danah boyd is a social scientist at Microsoft Research and a research associate at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. In her research, she examines everyday practices involving social media, with specific attention to youth participation. Lately, she has been focused on issues related to privacy, publicity, and visibility. She recently co-authored Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media. She is currently co-directing the Youth and Media Policy Working Group, funded by the MacArthur Foundation.

Translation: Danah Boyd lives off student tuition and taxpayer funded grants to perform unnecessary research that is of no value to anyone other than those in her mentally deranged academic circle.
23 posted on 07/16/2010 7:45:25 AM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: flowerplough

Another nugget of self-perceived genius from Danah:

my queer identity
http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/archives/2004/12/09/my_queer_identity.html
A few days ago, an anonymous reader reached out to me to kindly inform me that i could be saved, offering me prayers in my path to finding Jesus.

I decided to take this opportunity to be upfront about my sexuality and my views for those who don’t know me so well and for those of you who are struggling with attacks or pressure or guilt because of your sexuality. I believe that no one has the right to make you feel badly for your sexuality and i believe that the struggle we all face is how to find peace and comfort in who we are and how we interact with others. It is with a grounded sense of self that is very rooted in my own religious values that i offer you my views on sexuality. They don’t have to be your views, but you can only respect me if you respect that this is who i am and what i believe.

I have strong religious values and beliefs, but they do not believe that guilt, sin, self or projected torture, hate, intolerance, self, or enemies are in any way productive or valuable. My beliefs are rooted strongly in love, respect, honor and kindness. I do not believe that there is ever anything wrong about rooting love in consensual sex. I believe that social efforts to construct something as ‘wrong’ are simply mechanisms to assert power and control, an attempt to play God, not to honor God. In my view, honoring God means honoring yourself and others, working to release yourself of hatred and judgment, finding ways of respecting all forms of life. God’s work means finding peace beyond suffering in order to release ourselves from the cycle of birth/death. No part of God’s work means increasing suffering for anyone in any form.


24 posted on 07/16/2010 7:48:24 AM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: flowerplough

Even before I got on Myspace I viewed it as immature. Both the setup and most of the people using it. Facebook is a lot better laid out and easier to use, and the people using it connected with a much larger market (parents and grandparents are joining) than Myspace ever did.


25 posted on 07/16/2010 7:59:29 AM PDT by Styria
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: flowerplough

Only a liberal can look at common sense and see racism

You go and hang out where your friends are.

Simple as that

I dont know anyone on MySpace, so I never go there- am I a white racist because of that?


26 posted on 07/16/2010 8:21:35 AM PDT by Mr. K (Physically unable to proofread- I swear I try!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TSgt

Right, because picking up the phone is just too hard to do because that means you have to have a conversation! :)

I don’t dispute that being online to keep in touch with friends/family is a bad thing but it’s just a convenient excuse. Facebook is vapid


27 posted on 07/16/2010 9:15:47 AM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Hope and Change. Rhetoric embraced by the Insane - Obama, The Chump in Charge)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: flowerplough

I use FB, not Myspace. With that said, I think FB is based on dynamically updated content whereas Myspace much more static. IOW Myspace is sort of 2004-2005 state of the art technology, whereas FB is more 2008-2010. And probably more mobile friendly. Which is why I think initially FB caught on. And of course, from there, there is the snowball effect where popularity begets popularity. Why does everything have to be racial?


28 posted on 07/16/2010 9:19:08 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MAD-AS-HELL
I don’t dispute that being online to keep in touch with friends/family is a bad thing but it’s just a convenient excuse. Facebook is vapid

Most of the people I know, self included, don't have the time to hang on the phone for hours. It provides an easy and convenient way to keep up with family and friends. The 21st Century really isn't that bad, there are these new things called MP3 players and they are much smaller than an 8-track tape!
29 posted on 07/16/2010 9:34:38 AM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: flowerplough

Myspace was bought by FOX and that is what finally killed it off. Not that it wasn’t dying anyway.


30 posted on 07/16/2010 11:03:18 AM PDT by packrat35 (Planned Parenthood... killing more blacks than the Ku Klux Klan could have ever dreamed of.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MAD-AS-HELL

yes, I use it for musicians I work with — very useful, because you don’t have to join my space to access it. It’s like a web site that’s easy to update.

Facebook is more useful as a quasi-social tool. Or perhaps pseudo social. Because most of the people with whom I’m connected on it are using it for work related things.


31 posted on 07/16/2010 12:54:14 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: flowerplough

I think Facebook is easier to maintain than Myspace.

While you could personalize your Myspace page more than your Facebook one, it actually is more annoying to use as a social network.

Myspace is a network to promote. It gives you more of a platform to talk about yourself and display who you are. Facebook seems more social-oriented.

I don’t think it has anything to do with race, but there again, the media will do anything to divide us. Including ridiculous claims such as these.


32 posted on 07/16/2010 1:01:45 PM PDT by JenB987 (I'm still an American and 'til they take that away from me there's no day ruined. - El Rushbo)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: flowerplough

face book..the CIA conspiracy
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=12685


33 posted on 07/16/2010 2:49:25 PM PDT by OL Hickory (Jesus and the American soldier-1 died for your soul/1 died for your freedom)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MAD-AS-HELL; TSgt

uhhh, no, not everyone can just pick the phone. For that matter, some aren’t allowed enough time for downloading email pics: i.e., my nephew serving our country overseas.

Facebook has been a god-send for the family to stay in touch and share current family pictures regularly with him.


34 posted on 07/16/2010 2:57:22 PM PDT by Ladysmith ("A community organizer can't bitch when communities organize." Rush Limbaugh)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: TSgt

Totally agree. After decades of technological improvements, my brothers and I simply love MP3 players. It’s amazing how all our old systems are replaced by one little device smaller than a credit card.


35 posted on 07/16/2010 3:00:25 PM PDT by Ladysmith ("A community organizer can't bitch when communities organize." Rush Limbaugh)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Ladysmith

yeah, because email and chat just wasn’t enough! Come on...you guys are now sounding like addicts.


36 posted on 07/16/2010 3:42:28 PM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Hope and Change. Rhetoric embraced by the Insane - Obama, The Chump in Charge)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: MAD-AS-HELL

Seriously?! Facebook has realtime chat on it.

But here’s the deal, Bucko. Between odd work schedules and timezones (like on the other side of this rock), realtime conversations usually isn’t possible.

And who is more the addict? One who uses emails exclusively or the one who uses Facebook quite a bit of the time?


37 posted on 07/18/2010 10:22:07 AM PDT by Ladysmith ("A community organizer can't bitch when communities organize." Rush Limbaugh)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: Ladysmith

You missed my point. What does Facebook offer that a stand alone chat or email program doesn’t? If it’s just one place for people to post what they are doing at any given time, blogs allowed that long before Facebook. Sure, FAcebook look pretty but it’s nothing new that didn’t exist before. And yes, you are addicted to it.


38 posted on 07/18/2010 10:31:37 AM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Hope and Change. Rhetoric embraced by the Insane - Obama, The Chump in Charge)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: MAD-AS-HELL

I guess I’m going to have to repeat myself:

“For that matter, some aren’t allowed enough time for downloading email pics: i.e., my nephew serving our country overseas.”

And if I’m addicted to Facebook, I hate to think what I am to FreeRepublic. I spend a hell of a lot more time here than on Facebook which lately hasn’t been that much.

Just admit it: you were the one who said families shouldn’t write letters, they should just get together. That the telephone was bad, we should write letters to each other. Then emails were bad because we should be phoning each other. Now it’s Facebook...

Who CARES how we stay in touch with each other, at least we do with all of the above. Our posts on Facebook makes a brother states away aching to come home for a visit. (Or is that a “BAD thing”?!)


39 posted on 07/18/2010 10:54:55 AM PDT by Ladysmith ("A community organizer can't bitch when communities organize." Rush Limbaugh)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Bloggers & Personal
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson