Wednesday, September 13, 2006

US News and World Report has a story "Decoding Myspace"

Michelle Andrews has a story "Decoding Myspace" in the September 18, 2006 U.S. News and World Report. The link is this (article may become archived and you may need a subscription or may need to buy the hard copy.) She re-echoes the practice of employers and college administrators checking social networking sites, but seems to suggest that this may not be as important as the effect that these sites have on the way teens develop socially. One possible rule is not to meet someone new online until one has met the person in the bricks and mortar world.

(For the record, I had an LTE published in US News and World Report, Blue Chip edition, on Sept 30, 1996, about "gay witch hunts" related to the "don't ask don't tell" policy. Obviously, DADT policy would mean that the military could discharge someone today because of personal web profile content that "tells.")

Newsweek had published a similar story on Aug. 28, 2006. Brad Stone, "Web of Risks: Students adore social-networking sites like Facebook, but indiscreet postings can mean really big trouble." In one case, a student lost an internship opportunity because she had a profile of herself holding a bottle of vodka, suggesting a propensity for underage (illegal) alcohol use.

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