Essay question: “How has the division between ‘public’ and ‘private’ writing been influenced by the rise of social media?
- Source 1: Teens, Social Media, and Privacy http://ww.w.youthtoday.org/hotdocs/PIP_TeensSocialMediaandPrivacy_FINAL.pdf
- As the introduction paragraph states, the journal article talks about how “Youth are sharing more personal information on their profiles than in the past. They choose private settings for Facebook, but share with large networks of friends. Most teen social media users say they aren’t very concerned about third-party access to their data“.
- I have chosen this article because it covers all aspects of privacy in a modern era where the click of a ‘send’ button is the difference between a secret and public knowledge. Plus, it targets the teen demographic, the group of people most affected by this communication revolution.
- This source was found in Google Scholar, which has a good track record of finding reliable sources, although like any other database it is not perfect. This resource was published on May 21, 2013, so it is very timely and should have relevant and factual information. Six people were involved in the writing of this paper, involving members of the Pew Internet Project, which is part of the Pew Research Center – “a nonpartisan, nonprofit ‘fact tank’ that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world”. Other similarly credible credentials include: the Youth and Media Project and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
- Source 2: Finding Privacy in a Sea of Social Media and Other E-Discovery http://works.bepress.com/allyson_haynes/13/
- The abstract goes into concise detail on the journal article, explaining that it “looks at the case law governing discovery of social media, and finds several problems”, including when and how information uploaded to social networking sites can be used in court, and whether the litigant should be forced to give their username and password to a third party.
- I have chosen this article because it is a very fascinating take on the issue that, I think, many of us don’t care to consider. In reality, it is quite easy to be sent to court over things we write in the spur of the moment or in jest, such as admitting we have illegally torrented a movie, or badmouthing our Facebook-friend bosses. This is something we should all take very seriously as the lines are very blurry and our seemingly private social world can have devastation real life consequences.
- Again, this article was published in 2013, and found using Google Scholar.It was written by Allyson Haynes Stuart, who is an Associate Professor of Law and who teaches “teaches civil procedure, evidence, information privacy law and e-discovery” – topics which all link back to the article she wrote.