Title: Cruisin the Strip: The Metaphors of MySpace
1 Cruisin the StripThe Metaphors of MySpace ( Facebook)
2 _Quick Facts MySpace
Founded June 2003 by Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe
For friends students singles families business people co-workers study partnersAnyone over 14.
230000 new registrations daily
3rd most popular site in the US
Now owned by Rupert Murdoch (purchased in July 2005 for 580 million)
3 _MySpace The Tools
Add videos popular songs
More flexible layouts but sloppier Looks ghetto.
A hotbed for spyware and phishing schemes. (Vauhini Vara)
If someone tries to friend you
If its a picture of someone fairly attractive theyre probably not my friend in real life. (VV)
4 (No Transcript) 5 _Quick Facts Facebook
Founded Feb. 4 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg Dustin Moskovitz Chris Hughes
For high school corporate non-profit military geographic communitiesprimarily in English countries.
Over 10 million registered users across 40000 regional work college and high schools
7th most popular site in the US.
20000 new accounts daily.
85 of college students have a profile.
6 Facebook The Tools
Upload unlimited images and tag them for easy searching
Easily post a short message to a friends profile page.
Let someone know youve been looking at their page.
7 (No Transcript) 8 _Key Questions
Why are these sites so popular with our students
How can we teach these sites so that students dont ruin their ethos and put themselves in danger
How can these sites help us teach students useful skills
How do these sites remediate older and more traditional teenage activities
9 _social minds S. Turkle
The Internet has become a significant social laboratory for experimenting with the constructions and reconstructions of self that characterize postmodern life.
What kinds of personae do we create
Whats the relationship between these personae and the old-fashioned notion of the whole person
Are we watching the slow emergence of a new more multiple style of thinking about the mind
10 _Social Networking F. Stutzman
Facebook isnt going awayA service like it will always be present and useful on a college campus.
Students are forced to re-negotiate their social networks every semester. Facebook helps.
Getting to know peoplewithout their knowledge of coursecan be a particularly useful tool during the first few weeks of freshmen year.
11 _Shallow Identities
How is your identity represented
Images of yourself and friends ( tags)
About Me fields such as Relationship Status Politics Religious Views Favorite Movie Educational Background Hometown
Which Groups you join
The way you use the site ( how often)
Which position you occupy in the network
12 _Just be yourself like everybody else!
As far as my page goes its more of a representation of a different persona thats basically an extension of myself. (V2RC)
My myspace page represents me better because I put up quiz results from different sites. (HK)
If u saw my pictures u might think I was popular with women yet most women run away from the wikimaster. (CK)
13 _Fakesters C. Rosen
Its no surprise that people who use networks like Facebook have a tendency to describe themselves like products.
D. Itzkoff These sites violate the social contract people make when they meet in person.
Please your friendships are as transparent as a vacuum. (AA)
Facebook is a façade. (AA)
14 Yeah but
Facebook and MySpace are remediations of other high school traditions
Cruisin the Strip
Smokin in the Boys Room
Alleged indifference towards all of the above.
Instead of collecting signatures in Yearbooks students collect friends
Although some are selective many strive to collect as many names as possible (Facebook sluts).
Writing on the wall is much like writing little messages in a yearbook.
Yearbooks also define students based on their face self-selected groups and popularity.
Instead of riding up and down a street in a car with a bunch of friends
Perform searches check out friends of friends check out cool people recommended by the site poke like a car horn
Choose a song to play when people visit the page (compare to car stereo)
Emphasis on hooking up
Alternating between public and private nature of the activity
17 _Sound familiar
Oftentimes your Facebook image is not completely who you are but who you want to beIn my case instead of me reading a book I have a picture of me passed out on my kitchen table. The real me is somewhere closer to the scholarly side but I suppose subconsciously I would rather people see me as a partier (and I am dont get me wrong) because that is inherently cooler.
I actually just started hating myself while I was answering this question. (AMc)
18 _The kids are all right
Potential employersnever thought of that. (KT)
I dont care. Its just the internet. (AM)
Once I start applying to med school my entire profile will be changed. I enjoy conservative economics medicine money and not straying from the societal norm! (RG)
19 Special Thanks!
Quotes marked with are from a survey conducted by Gina Maranto at the University of Miami.
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