Friday, December 31, 2010

Too Many Tweets?

     I found this interesting in my searching of the web.  According to New York Times author Clive Thompson, "Why would you subject your friends to your daily minutiae? And conversely, how much of their trivia can you absorb? The growth of ambient intimacy can seem like modern narcissism taken to a new, supermetabolic extreme—the ultimate expression of a generation of celebrity-addled youths who believe their every utterance is fascinating and ought to be shared with the world" (Brave New World of Digital Intimacy)
     What do you think cyber friends?  Is Thompson true?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.  His article goes on to talk about how because of this social craze we no longer lose touch with people.  I mean, think about it.  Fifty years ago you would lose touch with friends over time and those people you hated from high school (you know it's true) would fade off into oblivion.  But, now, we're kind of stuck with those around us with no hope of fading off into the distance.  An interview from the Thompson article equated it to living in a small town where everyone knows your business.  And I think in a way they're right.  But the question remains- is that good?  Is it good to have your past follow you?  Where everyone can log in and become a part of your world even if you stoppped being friends with them thirty years ago?  Should some relationships stay buried?  Oh, sure, you say, just don't log in.  Don't have a facebook acount.  Don't have a twitter account- that's how you avoid the ghosts from the past finding you in you present day.  But I don't think it's that easy.  Social networking and micro-blogs are here to stay and whether you like it or not it truly is a brave new world out there- any maybe there is no where to hide.


  1. Talk about globalization, the world has become a very small place indeed. Social networking has managed to turn everyone in to Gladys Kravitz. (Bewitched) We all know what is going on in everyone's lives. Now, the question is, how do we use this to help our students learn?

  2. I think that we have gone too far! I had a Twitter account for a few months, but I did not enjoy it. I think it still says we are remodeling our house...but why did anyone care about that? I posted the remodel pictures on our blog instead and that was much more effective. I know that you can also add pictures to Twitter now, but I can do the same to Facebook from my phone. I just don't know if I need to know what someone is doing every minute of every day.

    Some people post things like "In the bathroom, be back soon". Really? I didn't need to know that! I feel like it paves the way for our culture to become even more celebrity obsessed, even though many celebs have recently deleted their accounts.

    I think Twitter could have some educational uses, especially to provide updates to parents or for students to give a quick recap of what they enjoyed each day in class. The possibilities are probably endless if we teach students how to appropriately use the technology.

  3. I agree with the author of the article and with both of you to some extent. How much is too much? I don't have a twitter account and will not be getting one. However I do have a facebook account that at times is so annoying. People put update that I would consider very personal, which makes me uncomfortable and then there are the people who track you down and want to be friends, if we were not friends 15years ago why would I want to be your friend now?

    I believe that these media can be used in an educational setting but first we will have to spend a bit of time teaching our students how to appropriately use social media in a constructive way.

    About 3/4 of my students are on facebook, some owning pages that I would consider inappropriate, how do I address this issue? Is it even my concern? When do I find the time to address this during my science class?

  4. I think with any social media you can go to far. My husband doesn't have facebook but loves Twitter. He uses it to follow sports info and celebrity. I don't care for the over sharing aspect. I think even with facebook you can go too far too. I have seen fights and certainly oversharing.