Is Facebook Destroying the American College Experience?

Danah Boyd:

It’s high time we recognize that college isn’t just about formalized learning and skills training, but also a socialization process with significant implications for the future.

I thought this was the whole selling point of higher education for the past two decades or so. It wasn’t the education, it was the social experience…and, particularly for Ivy League schools, the connections that a young student forms by living among other upper-class, American “elite”, in order to perpetuate and strengthen that social class.

That’s why Harvard costs over $50k a year.1