By Owen Thomas
Our permanent record
I’ve been thinking about the past. And for the decades since the explosion of the internet, that means our digital past.
Laid up with a cold the other night, I decided I might as well Netflix and ill with Ramona the Love Terrier. “Glee” came up, and I decided to rewatch the 2009 series. The culture shock of the intervening decade was immediate, as the early episodes were larded with Myspace references, like Rachel uploading her over-the-top vocals to the social network, only to be laughed at by the McKinley High cheerleaders.
You could blame corporate synergy — Fox, which aired “Glee,” and Myspace were both owned by News Corp. at the time — but Myspace still had a hold on American teens at the time. Researcher danah boyd noted that many young people in lower-income families or those of color found Facebook elitist...
danah boyd is the founder and president of the Data & Society Research Institute, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft, and a Visiting Professor at New York University (NYU).