Is the social media revolution bringing us together? Or is it perpetuating divisions by race and class?
Many of us would like to believe the Internet is a force for unity, but danah boyd, a social media researcher at Microsoft Research New England and a fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, thinks we're deceiving ourselves.
I find this division to be rather obvious, since I, as a white college student at a small, expensive (thank God for financial aid...) liberal arts college, know almost no one with a myspace account, while literally everyone has a facebook.
However, a few years ago, when facebook first opened its doors to high schoolers, there was the opposite divide in my high school, the students at which were about 40% white and 40% black. The white students -- far more likely to be college-bound and/or middle class -- tended to use Myspace, while the black students -- poorer and workforce-bound, in general -- used Facebook.