Tag Archives: Privacy

Social Media: Affecting Futures

As previously discussed on this blog, social media is something that may have consequences. The use of social media is a necessity to the new generation of students and therefore they are at the most risk. Because of the young ages that begin social media use, it is important for parents to take action and provide caution with their children.

Mother and daugther smiling at laptop while using webcamFellow blogger, Alexis Lane tweeted about an article by Alexandra Pannoni, she discusses the actions that parents may be able to take in order to prevent their child from potentially threatening their future. The first step in helping your child understand their actions is open communication about the different scenarios social media could cause. Showing general interest in the social media apps that your child is using may be able to cause them to think more consciously.

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Keep The Social Spirit Alive

Everyone is forewarned that the Internet is forever. In other words, the things that you post on your social media sites can pop in different aspects of your life at any time. Individuals have become cautious with the amount of information they have put onto these sites because of this reason. However, in Laurent Francois article he claims the exact opposite. Francois believes that just as technologies fade, social media fades as well.

Francois argument is accurate because we have seen AOL instant messenger fade as well as Myspace. Facebook is in it’s way out the technological door as well. Francois’ point is that while these social media outlets fade out, our information and history with the sites go with them. In an article by Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff, “The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet.” they address these exact issues relating it to the shift from the world web to simple internet explorer platforms. They write “Over the past few years, one of the most important shifts in the digital world has been the move from the wide-open Web to semiclosed platforms that use the Internet for transport but not the browser for display.”

Technology and social medias are fast pace changing and there is no option to slow the process down, but it is possible to preserve our aspects on these social media devices. Twitter’s most recent update has made all members tweets public, which has eliminated the option for anything to be changed or forgotten with the emergence of new technologies.

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School Decisions

Social media applications have become an aspect to consider while job hunting. While looking for a new job, perspective employers may look into these apps in order to figure out more information than an interview would be able to administer. People have become more cautious while using these sites which has involved many restrictions. Now colleges have turned to these sites to help them accept and deny potential students.

In an article by Daniela Perallon explains the studies that have shown more universities using this as a real test to screen incoming students. Students who post a lot on their social media accounts usually are posting negatively. These teens are being monitored not only by their own school but by potential universities as well.

For students who do not post inappropriate things on these sites have an even better chance of being accepted. While students who post negative things such as drinking do not stand a chance. Schools have been advising their students to post positive things on their page to hopefully attract universities such as community service, good grades, etc.

The social media sites have become a part of our everyday lives and students can not expect to have privacy from them if they continue to use them at this rate.

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Technology brings opportunities- Always a good thing?

In Sherry’s Turkel’s  very interesting article”Who am We”, I found the most startling idea to be MUD’s. I’m a technological native and I never even knew such a thing existed. I played a lot of online games when I was a kid but I never really thought about it quite as deeply as the author of this article-who knew that I was actually participating in a worldwide communication revolution? Here I just thought I was having a blast playing a game! Games like WoW (World of Warcraft) and other mmorpg’s, (Massive multi-player online role playing games), in which millions of people around the world play and communicate together kind of remind me of the MUD’s…except, of course, they are not focused on sex and relationships.

I find the type of communication mention in the MUD’s to be quite creepy, if I’m being honest. Not that I want to sound judgmental, but I often question the direction technology is taking us. The fact that the computer can make people virtually faceless is pretty scary. I know a lot of people in MMorpg’s “virtually-cross dress” as many users did in the MUD. I’m not really sure what this signifies about our culture, but I think that the internet definitely affords people the opportunity to become someone else. I think that this is a deep seated desire in human nature and technology is making it easier and easier to achieve this. Another great thing (or not so great) about technology is that there is little to no repercussions. The married man in the article used the MUD’s to virtually have intercourse with other women. I’m not sure where the ethics lie in this issue.Again, though, I hate to sound judgmental. If both partners are fine with it in the marriage, I guess it’s not my, problem is it?  Regardless, new technology is definitely allowing us new opportunities-whether these are always good, as in the case of MUD”s, is up for debate. Take a look at Sherry Turkel’s article for yourself (hyper-linked at the top)  and-see what you think about this.  Maybe I’m just being old fashioned.

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