Monday, June 25, 2007

The Mods and the Rockers

How do you characterize society? Is it Red versus Blue State or is it the MySpace versus the Facebook nation? "A six-month research project has revealed ... American teenagers ... using Facebook come from wealthier homes and are more likely to attend college. By contrast, MySpace users tend to get a job after finishing high school rather than continue their education." The UC Berkeley study further concluded that ""Social networks are strongly connected to geography, race, and religion; these are also huge factors in lifestyle divisions and thus 'class'," she wrote."

And it's not just social division either. The researcher asserts that the shy, pimply guys tend to use one social networking platform rather than another. Carrie, had she really existed, would have been on MySpace.

Ms Boyd also found far more teens from immigrant, Latino and Hispanic families on MySpace as well as many others who are not part of the "dominant high school popularity paradigm".

This kind of research plays very well with those who view society through the prism of Class. But Techscape isn't buying it. "The main problem with this mostly ridiculous project is that Facebook wasn’t always as open to membership as MySpace. It wasn’t until September last year that Facebook allowed anyone outside a list of just over 30,000 universities and schools to join."


Blogger Amir Ali Tayyab said...

I request MODERATORS to remove BELMONT CLUB's abuses against me

As long the abusive content against me online at will remain at the blog of Belmont Club, this blog of mine against them will continue as a protest. As soon that is removed, it will be removed accordingly.

Amir Ali Tayyab

6/26/2007 08:26:00 AM  
Blogger Bobby said...

The essence of modern 'class' warfare is not the realities of the distribution of wealth, opportunity, rights, etc., but the almost pathological need of some to hold on to the dialectic. Therefore, studies like this regularly emerge. Facebook was originally designed, and operated for some time, as a network for college communities exclusively. (Which begs the question... Six months? Really? And how much? I could have given you an answer in 15 second for at least a 25% discount.)

Not only that, but the networking functions of the two sites couldn't be more dissimilar. MySpace is universal, while in Facebook you join a regional (usually a city), company, or school (high school or college) network.


Even though Facebook is now open to everyone, as MySpace is, the demographics might be the same for all the new members. MySpace, in a word, is vulgar.

Oh, and Amir? You are free to petition the powers that be to remove content from this site. However, they are free to ignore you. You made your case, now stand by it. The people who read all of this can make up their own minds.

Sticks and stones, my friend... sticks and stones...

6/26/2007 01:05:00 PM  

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