Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Facebook v. MySpace or Does America Have Strong Social Class Disctinctions?

Instapundit linked to an article about the social differences between MySpace people and Facebook people. It's worth checking out.

But I am not at all sure that I agree with it. For example, the author states that "[a]s a society, we have strong class divisions...." Really? Where are they?

For example, Facebook people are supposed to be "hegemonic" and MySpace people are "subaltern." What do these labels mean and how are they "strong class divisions?"

I think that our society does not have strong class divisions and that is why we are concerned with the differences betweeen people who use MySpace and Facebook. If we had actual class distinctions, why would anyone care what SNS you used? We don't have class, we have a dozen proxies for it.

What class are you in? How do you know?

As far as I can tell, when we talk about class we are talking about wealth. And classes based on wealth cannot have sharp distinctions; heck, the income tax brackets are the only tipping points we've got.

Am I way off base?

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