net banging

…is my favorite new term. It’s when gang members proclaim their affiliations through web pages, blog posts, guestbooks and myspace comments. In other words, digital grafitti.

The owner of the blog In the Hat describes his blog as:
“Gangs, crime, cops and politics in Los Angeles. I welcome commentary by interested parties. Comments are moderated so don’t waste my time net banging. All correspondence remains anonymous.” For voyeurs and chismosas like me, In the Hat is a fascinating read. Who knew cholos could be so articulate?

photo by Graciela Iturbide

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