Friday, August 10, 2007

danah boyd on MySpace and Facebook

I wanted to link to this interesting video of Fang’s “…mashup of some elements of danah boyd's talk in Brisbane - in which (he) need(s) to re-think (his) hatred of walled gardens (especially facebook lack of RSS). The reason - kids create walls to make interesting spaces in which to hang out.” If you couldn’t get to hear her live, a little taste will have to do. The full podcast of the talk in Brisbane is also available. Thanks to Judy O'Connell for the heads up.


  1. Anonymous11:44 pm

    Thanks for the link (I see Stephen Downes noticed it). I really appreciate eloquent writers like yourself adding clarity to my often rambly and incoherent insights.

    take care

    Fang - Mike Seyfang

  2. Thanks for this interesting thought about priovacy on the web. I like the parallels made between young people "hanging out" in a predigital world looking for spaces that were a little outside the general eyes of those with power. Certainly i can relate this to my experience as an adolescent growing up with a range of peers. In general, however there was a gradation of just how removed from the presence of significant adults these were. If things went wrong, we were not that far removed from people that we could trust. That was clear from the reprimands from adults when our behaviours were outside reasonable limits. Whilst thya held some degree of privacy, they held an adult presence all the same.
    The question in my mind is how to offer that same sense of an adult presence: someone with age and wisdom (and power) to turn to when the journey of growing up in a complex world takes unusual turns. To maintain just enough awareness of the situation to step in when the argument turns into a full on fight or the little experiment with matches threatens to burn down the neighbours house to return to the simile.
    Richard Leonard, a Jesuit reviewer of media, talks about the disturbing phenomenon of adult free zones - where the awareness that there are sages top turn to seems to be entirely absent.
    I'm not sure that reducing the connection to adults to a simple equation of "power over" then speaks the whole tale.



  3. What? No whimsical age-inappropriate hat? At least the hats give some relief from her endless tedious academi-scam fests. Le Sigh indeed.