Bill Fitzgerald put me onto this talk by Danah Boyd: Identity Production in a Networked Culture: Why Youth Heart MySpace. It’s a good overview to the cultural issues surrounding teens on MySpace.
It’s a small Internet: I’m already familiar with Danah through her excellent archive of Ani DiFranco lyrics, although I had no idea she was in academia. My girlfriend is deaf and can hear music but not lyrics; these have been invaluable, and Ani’s road team have kindly used them as a reference in order to provide set lists and transcripts so she can listen along at gigs. As it turns out her PhD research is “on how people negotiate a presentation of self to unknown audiences in mediated contexts”, which is obviously a very interesting topic to me – I will read her blog with interest.
Another interesting post is on knowledge systems and collective questioning – sometimes you don’t want to know about the collective questioning of your community. I think this has implications for our future plans with tagging; it’s definitely something to think about.