I’ve been slightly obsessed with the Freakonomics Blog. I find it refreshing in comparison to all the celeb gossip ish. Don’t get me wrong I read those too, but it’s important to feed our brain a little more than Nick Canon’s back tatt every once and a while.
Is MySpace Good for Society? A Freakonomics Quorum
By Stephen J. Dubner
Two little words — “social networking” — have become a giant buzzphrase over the past couple of years, what with the worldwide march of Facebook and headline-ready stories about Web-assisted suicides. So what’s the net effect of social networking?
We gathered a group of wise people who spend their days thinking about this issue — Martin Baily, Danah Boyd, Steve Chazin, Judith Donath, Nicole Ellison, and William Reader, — and asked them this question:
Has social networking technology (blog-friendly phones, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) made us better or worse off as a society, either from an economic, psychological, or sociological perspective?
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