Social Media Overseas
A recent article on how young people use social media ‘Teenager’s View on Social Media’, by Andrew Watts - became so popular that it was reposted or mentioned by the likes of Business Insider, TechCrunch and Reddit. The author soon published a second part and then really grabbed the attention of analysts and media professionals. One of them, Danah Boyd, pointed out some flaws in Andrew’s stories. Probably the most important problem Boyd diagnosed was the way in which Watts equalized users across various geographical, income and racial segments. While teenagers today are becoming more and more alike in how they communicate and act, new technologies penetrate markets at very distinct rates – depending on users’ existing habits, needs and sometimes the prevailing political regimes.
In this article I will show how disparity in incomes, access to information and differences in political
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