MySpace and the Student Walkouts

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.

danah (and MySpace's Tom) link to this NPR piece.

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.
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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!

UPDATED: Xeni (not XeniSucks) has a walkout-critical post from Cathrode Ray, a Crenshaw High student teacher, and a link to Monday's Which Way LA?, with

MIGUEL LOPEZ,
Sophmore at Garfield High School
EDDIE 'PIOLÍN' SOTELO
Host of the Piol&ín por la Manana, the top-rated radio show in LA, on La Nueva 101.9fm
BILL BRADLEY
Political writer for the LA Weekly and Publisher of New West Notes
PEDRO OLGUIN
One of the organizers of Saturday's 'Gran Marcha,' and a master's student at Cal Poly Pomona

3 thoughts on “MySpace and the Student Walkouts

  1. WELL, I WAS ONE OF THE MANY STUDENTS WHO WALKED OUT THIS MONDAY MARCH 27TH.I WALKED OUT WITH MY FRIENDS NOT TO DITCH!….LIKE MANY OF THE MEDIA HAVE BEEN REPORTING,BUT TO FIGHT A UNJUST LAW TARGETING IMMIGRANTS[ESPECIALY HISPANICS].THE LAW WHICH I WAS PROTESTING AGAINST IS HR4437,WHICH MAKES EVERY HISPANIC IMMIGRANT INTO A TERRORIST,CRIMMINAL,OUTLAW,OVERALLENEMY OF THE PEOPLE…..WE AS STUDENTS MARCHED & PROTESTED LAST WEEK TO SHOW THE ADULTS THAT WE MAY BE UNDERAGE & MAY NOT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE YET!,BUT WE STILL HAV THE RIGHT TO SHOW &EXPESS OUR FEELINGS AS HUMAN BEINGS.WE AS LATIN AMERICANS WERE BORN HERE BUT THE MAYORITY OF OUR PARENTS,OLDER SISTERS,BROTHERS,COUSINS AUNTS GRANDPARENTS OR FRIENDS WERE NOT! THEY CAME HERE TO BECOME BETTER PEOPLE,GIVE A BETTER FUTURE TO THEIR CHILDREN.SINCE THE MAJORITY OF THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES ARE CORUPTED AND ARE GOVERNED BY THE EVIL ARISTOCRACY WITH A SYSTEM THAT IS BASICLY RICH OLIGARCHY FAMILIES & THE POOR SERF UNDERCLASES,THERE IS NO MIDDLE CLASS & IF THERE IS IT IS VERRY SMALL!,THAT IS THE REASON WHY I PROTESTED THAT POWERFULL MONDAY!

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