There are far too few advocates in the world for teenagers navigating the difficulties of dealing with shit IRL, and even fewer who give a shit about how teens actually relate in digital spaces. As for researchers who manage to make sense about the way real life and digital life interact -- well, there's pretty much only one must-read digital ethnographer, and that's Boston's DANAH BOYD
Forget four-square. In fact, forget Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Friendster
(does that even still exist?) and every other Internet time-suck you
spend the bulk of your work day (ahem, er, weekend) perusing. Some enterprising marijuana-gourmand found a moment for some good-old fashioned
productivity (hear that, naysayers?) in the midst of all that toking and
created this site
This morning, the social-media bible Mashable reported on yet another of those annoying Twitter bugs -- a "large-scale phishing attack" in which a message that says "This you???" prompts users to enter their Twitter passwords on a fake Twitter login page.
Sure enough, we had two such messages waiting for us in our inbox.