The reason why we MUST NOT build walled gardens!

Viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace

Couldn’t sleep last night and so read this essay by Danah Boyd

This sentence stood out to me:

“The division around MySpace and Facebook is just another way in which technology is mirroring societal values.” – Danah Boyd

There exists in society too much division already – based on things like age, gender, ability, income, race, looks.

We don’t need to be building things technologically that serve as platforms to strengthen divisions – or create new ones.

I’ve said it before – openness is more than an API.

Dave

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