Transitioning from Myspace to Facebook to other social media outlets such as Twitter and Instagram have become a trend amongst people in the digital world. I made my first Myspace page in seventh grade and cared about who my “top friend” were and what people posted on my page. By the end of eighth grade I outgrew the phase that many were so immersed in — and by the beginning of highschool Myspace seemed to be a thing of the past and Facebook took its place. I think many people felt the same way I did — Facebook was a “new” and “better” way of connecting with people; the trend changed and more and more people followed. The term “ghetto” has seem to taken on a new meaning and is being used to describe Myspace. I don’t agree with this term at all and think it is highly inappropriate to term Myspace as a “ghetto” because of the negative associations that are attached to the word. What I mean by this is that usually people associate ‘ghetto’ with lower income, minorities, who are usually less educated. I have to disagree and say that Myspace is not ‘ghetto,’ it just became an outdated social media outlet, like Facebook is becoming today. From the article, I don’t believe that Facebook and Myspace are divided because of race. Myspace was invented for musicians to share their music — not as a big social networking site. That is why I think Facebook gained more popularity; it was invented for people to find family, friends, or people with similar interests and interact with them in a digital environment instead of usual face-to-face communication. I also think that it gained more popularity because celebrities or high profiled individuals moved away from Myspace and joined Facebook. I think high profile people have a lot of say on what becomes popular or trendy. For instance, I remember when Twitter first came out and it didn’t catch on right away. Then, celebrities started mentioning how they joined Twitter and started “tweeting.” I think this prompted people to join the social media site, which therefore influenced others to follow.
I think the virtual world of games and such is different then social media. I do think that there are divisions of race. We don’t really see races represented fairly in games, such as Second Life. There are many versions of ‘white’ avatars you can choose from, but not that many minority avatars. I think that on social media you can choose to represent yourself the way you want to be viewed, through the pictures you post, comments you make, or what pages you like. These all form a representation of you and your identity. In games, you are limited to what or who you can become so therefore I think it is a more ingenuine version of yourself depending on the game you are playing.