Where do you find a story like this? Why, none other than the New York Times (emphasis added):
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 ... thinks we’re deceiving ourselves.
Speaking last week at the Personal Democracy Forum ... Ms. Boyd asked a packed audience of activists, political operatives, entrepreneurs and journalists to raise their hands if they used Facebook. Almost every hand in the place went up. Then she asked who used MySpace, and barely a hand was seen.
How could that be? Sure, Facebook is growing much faster. But MySpace is far from dead. In May, the Web traffic tracker comScore reported that Facebook and MySpace were neck and neck in terms of U.S. visitors ...
During the 2006-7 school year, her conversations with high school students began showing a trend of white, upper-class and college-bound teenagers migrating to Facebook ... Meanwhile, less educated and nonwhite teenagers were on MySpace.
“What we’re seeing is a modern incarnation of white flight,” Ms. Boyd said. “It should scare the hell out of us.”
Her research also seems to support Ms. Boyd’s contention that social media “mirrors and magnifies” our social divisions, rather than removes them ...
Yes, the Marxist Diversity Police have found yet another societal problem to solve - Facebook Segregation! Let's see if I can get this right ...
I wonder how MySpace and their members feel about being labeled as the social-media ghetto?
I'd laugh at it all ... but our government grows more tyrannical and hostile by the day. Our Overlords in Washington, are hell-bent on controlling the world! At no matter what the cost (to us, that is).
Hmmm ... maybe they'll set-up Facebook and MySpace quotas, then whenever the quotas aren't met, they'll just bus kids from the MySpace ghetto, up into the lush, suburbs of Facebook. But this ain't gonna be easy ...
Remember Rahm Emmanuel's famous words ?
"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."
And what did Ms. Boyd say above?
“[White flight to Facebook] should scare the hell out of us."
And thus, another crisis begins ...
To pull this off "create more diversity," the government will need access to our social media accounts, this way they can lock people out of Facebook, as determined by arbitrary "diversity goals." But ... this solution still isn't strong enough. People will simply start using even more aliases. Ahhh ... yet another reason to justify a National ID Card!
Technology moves fast, it's changing all the time. People will go to new social networks, or worse ... what if Facebook and MySpace aren't popular by the time the government rolls out their "program?" How can they keep all of us under control?
Well, this gives our Overlords another emergency! Congress can therefore pass legislation (fast, and without reading it of course), which will include approximately 33,742 pages of new rules and regulations regarding individual purchases of computers. Then from here of course, it'll become a federal crime to readjust your computer in any way.
Now THAT should "scare the hell out of us!"
The thing is, however, both Facebook and MySpace are free services who allow anyone to join voluntarily. So in other words, the so-called "white flight" taking place in the digital world, exists only in their progressive imaginations.
But wait! What's this? According to the guardian.co.uk, social networking sites are like, sooo last year ...
From uncles wearing skinny jeans to mothers investing in ra-ra skirts and fathers nodding awkwardly along to the latest grime record, the older generation has long known that the surest way to kill a youth trend is to adopt it as its own. The cyberworld, it seems, is no exception.
The proliferation of parents and teachers trawling the pages of Facebook trying to poke old schoolfriends and lovers, and traversing the outer reaches of MySpace is causing an adolescent exodus from the social networking sites ...
Although their love of being online shows no sign of abating, the percentage of 15- to 24-year-olds who have a profile on a social networking site has dropped for the first time – from 55% at the start of last year to 50% this year. In contrast, 46% of 25- to 34-year-olds are now regularly checking up on sites such as Facebook compared with 40% last year.
"Clearly take-up among under 16-year-olds is very high … so we cannot say for certain whether this is people in a certain age group who are not setting up social networking profiles or whether it's a population shift which is reflecting people getting older and having a social networking profile that they set up two years ago," he said. "The main point is the profile of social networking users is getting older."
Will the Left ever understand there's more to people and their decisions, than simply skin color?