I want you to imagine someone for me. Her name is Jessica and she is 17 years old. She lives in a two bedroom apartment with her mother and uses an old laptop she got from one of her mom’s ex boyfriends. With it, she browses the portals that serve as her connection to the community constructed…
This sums up all of my anxieties and hopelessness about how the general public experiences/deals with Information Security.
“True character is revealed in the choices a human being makes under pressure - the greater the pressure, the deeper the revelation, the truer the choice to the character’s essential nature. But this? Using scissors to cut off the tip of a slice of pizza? I don’t know what this is. ”
“I moved here from Jamaica when I was six, and my accent was so bad that I had to spend two years in ESL classes before anyone could understand me. I remember feeling very frustrated. I was surrounded by people with really thick accents who were trying to tell me that I needed to get rid of my accent.”
I worked pretty hard to gain a USA midwest accent — consciously at first, then constantly. It’s amazing what a 12-year-old’s brain can do when confronted with the threat of outgroup status.
“What we saw in the 20th century was an anomalous blip when music had a physical form. That was very unusual in the course of human history and it will soon be very unusual again. Music has this intrinsic pull towards the dematerial, towards the unbuyable. It’s a slippery, ghostly thing.”
danah boyd* on her book, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens
I’m fascinated by danah boyd, not only because her research pertains directly to me, but also because it’s refreshing to listen to an adult discuss teenage interaction with social media in an informed way that doesn’t come across as, “WHAT ARE THESE YOUTHS UP TO AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, HOW DO WE STOP THEM?”
If you don’t have time to watch the whole video—it’s an hour, so, understandable if you don’t—at least try to watch the portion on the relationship between underprivileged kids and social media. It’s pretty interesting and sadly not surprising that teenagers who are already systematically discriminated against face the same problem online (starts at 33:19 in the video).
*My reason for not capitalizing danah boyd’s name is not out of laziness (which is usually my reason for that kind of thing, TBH). She’s chosen to not capitalize her name, along with the pronoun “I,” and instead of having me poorly describe her reasoning for this, she wrote a blog post about it, which you can read here.