Thursday, March 09, 2006

Yes I know.

I have been slack lately. I have discovered the joys of internet tv and have been a couch potato. Yes I admit it.

I have, however, run across this article about how some people, mostly teenagers and young adults, are putting too much information online and are now being forced to face the consequences for what they've posted. I think it draws a fine line between censorship and freedom of speech, and I'm not exactly sure which side I come down on yet. Granted, having a daughter that age, I can see her assuming that anyone who really matters is not going to see her My Space page (considering that even I don't know what the address for it is, and prefer it that way). But then there are also the arguments for showing some common sense and realizing that they don't live in a box, that their page IS going to be seen, occasionally by people they aren't expecting, and that maybe they shouldn't be stupid enough to post something that could get them in trouble.

I'd be interested to know what you think about this topic.


Joe Bob said...

OMG...You cannot believe how close I came to posting this very same item myself this morning.....uncanny, eh?? This hits somewhat close to home as well...the high school my dauyghter attends just fired a teacher this past couple weeks for appearing in a picture of a student's myspace harm,no foul supposedly...but the teacher was at an alleged "party" fraternizing with students (parents were also present)...and the school saw fit to fire the individual. I'm currently tending to lean towards this trend being as a bit "too much". There was also an article in I believe the past week where a large group of students were expelled and/or suspended from their school (California, I think) becaue one student had made a few derogatory remarks about another student..(nothing to be perceived as threats or violence)...and then emailed friends to read and/ or comment...those who read or commented were either suspended or was the author. This was all done from homes..and not on school time or property. A lot of parents are furious over the school's actions.
In another instance..a handful of boys created a phony myspace page...posing as a an attempt to cheer up a friend who was recently dumped by his girlfriend. In attempting to cheer the boy up on the bogus page..they also encountered traffic from another "kid" who tried fervently to arrange a "meet" witht the girl. The boys agreed to meet in a local park...and when a much older male showed up as agreed, the boys (at least they did SOMETHING intelligent here...) immediately phoned police and advised them of the situation..and the man was quickly arrested and charged accordingly.
It's also commonplace now for schools and local law enforcement to learn about myspace and facebook web sites so that they can look at the pages and gather useful information to break up parties, and get the "inside skinny" on events occuring in local schools and communities.
Something definitely has to come of this...and I do hope the kids that use these sites learn valuably from these recent happenings and where this is all leading to......

Just D said...

I do believe that schools are beginning to cross the line of enforcement. Things that they normally would have no jurisdiction over is suddenly fair game if its on the internet. I do think some of these kids go too far on their webpages, but personally I think if the school is aware of it they should notify the parents, rather than expelling the students. I'm pretty sure the parents would be horrified by what they see and most would do something about it.

Who knows though. Maybe I'm just hopelessly naive.

Joe Bob said...

No're not I really think a lot of parents out there are beginning to realize the importance of learning computers, internet, they can get a firsthand look at what their kids are up to...before someone else finds it for them....embarassing as THAT may be...

Sassan Sanei said...

Bloggers have to be aware that the Internet is a public forum and that every word they write is probably forever archived somewhere. I've got Google caching some of my Usenet postings from as far back as 1994; I had no idea that my words would live on for more than a few days when I wrote them.

Nothing terribly embarrassing, but you never know. Of course, not using my full name (unique as it is) would have been one way to maintain anonymity.

I take personal liberties seriously, and I think it's pretty sad about that Christian school in Arkansas kicking out the student for being gay after discovering that fact on his blog.

I've managed to structure my life in such a way that I am beholden to nobody, so I am completely fearless of the consequences of offending anybody. I hold no sacred cows. The only guideline I live by is a to extend a professional courtesy to my employer and colleagues, and refrain from blogging about things that happen at work.

Who knows, I might run for public office one day and some radical viewpoint might come back and hurt me. But probably not.