Blurred Lines: “The Student Affairs Professionals” Facebook Group and Social Media

  The internet is open.  This is both the beauty and power of the internet and the ugly side of the internet.  Part of its beauty is that it enables peer-to-peer learning, the facilitation of relationships and the organic building of community.  Part of its power is that it democratizes conversation without needing to go through an authority or formal distribution channel.  If you have an idea, you can share it–find an audience of like-minded individuals and/or engaged dissenters.  The ugly side is that it can enable hurtful, negative and trolling behavior.  The tension between these… Read More

Culture Online: Contact Not Content is King

Is there something that can be described as the “online culture?”  I don’t think so, but I do think that technology is structuring the way we think and interact and I do think that there are cultural norms broadly perpetuated and upheld.  Online culture, although diverse, still maintains persistent themes. In describing how this first “internet generation” has grown up, Tapscott (2011) identified eight norms or “distinctive attitudinal and behavioral characteristics that differentiate this generation from their babyboom parents and other generations” (Kindle Locations 1957-1958). These themes included: freedom, customization, scrutiny, integrity,… Read More