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danah boyd interview February 21, 2008

Filed under: EDUC 628 — remonzer @ 7:56 pm

 I appreciated danah boyd’s video interview because as Traci mentioned it is nice to “see a face with a name.”  The history that she gave behind SNSs was interesting. The story of how MySpace is sort of a spin-off of Friendster, which was kicking people off its site, was news to me.  This is an example of how online communities are built.  Different sites appeal to different groups and demographics, as boyd pointed out.  Sort of like a smorgasbord – there is something for everyone. 

The study by the The Guardian that she referred to also caught my attention. It described how much a child’s safe play area has narrowed in the last three generations.  It’s odd to think that via the Internet our children can virtually roam all over the world, but we are sometimes afraid for them to wander two blocks from their home.  Equally peculiar is the fact that surfing the net from the comfort zone of our homes still carries an element of danger.  We could feed our paranoia and decide that there is no safe place or we can accept the fact that we need to be cautious in whatever we do and wherever we go.  That is just sensible.

She makes good points about the power of the Internet to create bottom-up pressure to make changes in our society.  It will be interesting to see what effect the freedom of information, networking, and other services will have on our society.  From what I understand the United States Postal Service is already suffering due to the popularity of email.  Also, during the last Christmas holiday shopping period, I recall hearing reports that more people than ever had participated in online shopping.  This does not bode well for malls and shopping centers.  But, more than that, just the fact that huge numbers of  people can network about other issues such as fuel prices and where to find the best prices or to arrange a boycott is empowering. 

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One Response to “danah boyd interview”

  1. Tippi Thompson Says:

    Every month as I pay bills I think about our USPS. I am one of those people who puts every single bill into the mail. I hate that little caption at the top of the envelope that says “Save 41 cents, use our website”. I do not like online bill pay for the simple fact that this act is slowly doing away with our postal service. No wonder the price of stamps now increases every year instead of every 2-3 (price is going up in May again). One of the first freedoms our country embraced as they gained independence from Britain was a Postal System. I think the downfall of this part of our federal government would be tragic. I believe that computers and the Internet have made tremendous positive changes in our world but, I like our Post Office too.


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