Literacy and Facebook

Facebook and MySpace Users Are Clearly Divided Along Class Lines By danah boyd

http://www.alternet.org/media/142356/facebook_and_myspace_users_are_clearly_divided_along_class_lines/?page=1

This article suggests that choosing MySpace or Facebook is motivated by race and class.  Includes research of teenagers’ explanations for their choice of site.  Argues that the social networks can provide examples of “white flight”:

‘Whites were more likely to leave or choose Facebook. The educated were more likely to leave or choose Facebook. Those from wealthier backgrounds were more likely to leave or choose Facebook. Those from the suburbs were more likely to leave or choose Facebook. Those who deserted MySpace did so by “choice,” but their decision to do so was wrapped up in their connections to others, in their belief that a more peaceful, quiet, less-public space would be more idyllic.’

It seems it could be useful for the comp class.  At the beginning the author informs us of the audience for the original talk, thus explaining certain rhetorical decisions.  It also affords an opportunity for students to conduct their own research at MU.

And here’s another piece suggesting that the internet and social networking have more people writing than ever before.  He uses research from Andrea Lunsford.

Clive Thompson on the New Literacy

http://wired-vig.wired.com/techbiz/people/magazine/17-09/st_thompson

On Behalf Of A. Yandrich

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