The Interweaving of Digital Life with Embodied Life – Social Media vs. Privacy

Yesterday, I considered the interweaving of digital life and embodied life in response to an article that explained how political spats on Facebook impact relationships, including the face-to-face kind. Today, I want to look at another curious case of such interweaving of the digital and the embodied. In “Seeking Privacy in a Networked Age,” New [Read More…]

Is Facebook on the Way to Becoming the Next MySpace?

Remember MySpace? It was all the rage just a few years ago. In 2006 it became the most visited website in the U.S.  You just had to have a MySpace, especially if you were under 25. But then something happened. Facebook happened. It skyrocketed to the top of the social media ladder, while MySpace plummeted, [Read More…]

USA Today: Facebook can’t replace face-to-face conversation

A recent column in USA Today claims that Facebook can’t replace face-to-face conversation. The authors, Ed Keller and Brad Fay, of the KellerFay Group, claim to base their conclusions on six years of research, including more than 2 million conversations (?). They have found, for example: •75% of conversations in the U.S. (and even more [Read More…]

Reading the Times: Social Media in Class; Persecution of Christians in China

Speaking Up in Class, Silently, Using Social Media Trip Gabriel, writing for the New York Times, examines the growing use of social median in classrooms. Here’s an excerpt: With Twitter and other microblogging platforms, teachers from elementary schools to universities are setting up what is known as a “backchannel” in their classes. The real-time digital [Read More…]


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