Yesterday a friend pointed to news reports that mentioned MySpace's role as an organizing tool for the student protest marches that have been taking place in California this week (photo). Interestingly, none of the articles I saw explored what was in MySpace. Luckily, danah boyd is on the case:
Public officials and school administrators spoke out against the students' actions. Quoting these figures, the press gave the impression that administrators were concerned for the safety of their students. The discussions on MySpace painted a different picture as students discussed how schools would be docked $50 for each student who did not attend.
A quick search of MySpace today shows bloggers urging an end to the walkouts. Last night, ***** , a college student, urged the protestors to claim victory in a comment at East Los ska band's Upground's MySpace page.
It is now time to go back to schooL.
The power of the Latino Students!
The senate has taken in consideration the protest by the H.S. students, but it is now time to go back to schooL.
More walkouts will only create a bad image towards us the Latino students.
Senate will modify the proposition to be fair towards ALL!
Don't throw away what we have won!
If indeed you really see the need to protest, then go protest afterschool…
Stop the WALKOUTS! We are lound and we are proud!
but we know when to stop!
CONGRATULATIONS on YOUR VICTORY! SPREAD THE WORD!
MIGUEL LOPEZ, Sophmore at Garfield High School