Thanks Gavin for sharing this with us this morning, and tweeting it for us.
Some choice tidbits:
"I have friends who are white," says 19-year-old Diego Luna. "They are my white people friends and they are mostly on Facebook. That’s why I use Facebook. My brown people are on MySpace."
The class laughs nervously at his description, and then they agree. Benito Rodriguez, 16, adds, "Not to be racist or anything, but there’s more white kids on Facebook."
danah boyd is mentioned and quoted in the article. Sheâ€™s been around a while in social media (before it was called â€œSocial Mediaâ€. Blogs and RSS were the beginnings , it seems to me. And she was â€œon itâ€ at the beginning. Howard Rheingold is the earliest â€œOnline Communityâ€ guru, with the publishing of his book â€œVirtual Commujityâ€ in 1993.. His later â€œSmart Mobsâ€ (2202) described a lot of the emerging â€œcrowd sourcingâ€ movements that drove the development of social media.