Last week I wrote about fake news, this week about its opposite. This is very real news, as captured by bystanders on the spot – curated and given app-wide exposure by an app. This is quite likely to be how our children will get a lot of their news going forward, so I want to be sure you don't miss what was at the bottom of New York Times columnist Farhad Manjoo's important article about … [Read more...] about The new non-fake news & Snapchat
"We want to customize our lives…," "It is as though we have all put ourselves on cable news…," "We seem willing to dispense with [other] people altogether…." All these dire, dour, disrespectful pronouncements about this undifferentiated mass called "we" from highly respected psychologist Sherry Turkle at MIT in the New York Times. Where is her acknowledgment that the way we use all the devices, … [Read more...] about So we’re all becoming cyborgs, Dr. Turkle?
Unlike the Girl Scout/Boy Scout ones many of us grew up earning, these merit badges – though just as visually appealing – are digital, for people of all ages, and will go into Facebook pages, blogs, and resume Web sites. They'll spotlight skills and achievements not necessarily acquired in traditional environments like school, adding graphical credentials to people's digital resumes and … [Read more...] about Digital achievement badges for people of all ages
On the social Web, where content is not just communication but behavior as well, safety is a shared experience. A single user can't guarantee it, no matter how optimized his privacy settings and practices are, nor can a site – not when people can tag, copy, forward, and instantly mass-distribute photos of and info about each other. That's why education about civility, citizenship, and safety … [Read more...] about 1st look at Facebook’s ‘social [abuse] reporting’
What struck me about danah boyd's post about the helicopter-parenting of social media users was that the banning of Facebook forces young people "to choose between social status and parental obedience." Though I wouldn't put it exactly that way, my own parenting experience tells me she's right. My 18-year-old and 13-year-old both use Facebook, although (and quite naturally) differently, because … [Read more...] about Parenting & overparenting in the digital age