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Implications of User Choice: The Cultural Logic of “MySpace or Facebook?”

danah boyd

Abstract

Many of us have had our lives transformed by technology. And many of us are also enamored of the transformative potential of technology, which has led us to develop technology and become advocates of technological practices. As we become more and more enveloped in and by technology, it’s easy to feel excited about what’s going on. Yet we must also be cautious.

The rhetoric around technology often makes it out to be the great equalizer of society, suggesting that technology can in and of itself make the world a better place. Let’s ignore the technological determinist overtones for a moment and note that this rhetoric fails to capture the complex ways in which the actual adoption of technology tends to mirror and magnify a whole suite of societal issues.

Details

Publication typeTechReport
URLhttp://interactions.acm.org/content/?p=1302
NumberMSR-TR-2009-169
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc.
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