Creative Ways Teens Maintain Social Privacy with Social Media

I wrote an article for the Connected Learning Research Network’s blog. I’ve included an excerpt below. You can read the full article here. …I have found that social norms and a feeling of constant surveillance leave many teens feeling vulnerable with regard to social media use. Not only are teens concerned about adult and peer surveillance,…

Facebook is the new blog

In the past couple of weeks I’ve had a surprising number of people thank me for the various articles I’ve been posting on Facebook over the past few months. This has really caught me off guard. For the most part, none of these people typically leave comments on my Facebook nor are they people I…

More on sports, power, and control

In an earlier post I discussed some of the tensions between the NCAA, Social Media, and Fandom. There has been a lot happening recently in the world of sports with regards to social media so I thought I’d give some updates and pose some new questions. What strikes me as significant are the changing relationships…

Life is good!

Today has been one of those days in which I realize how good life is and how well things are going for me. I had a meeting with one of my professors today to talk about his upcoming book (I’m doing the website for him) and we started talking about all sorts of digital media/youth…

NCAA football, social media, and fandom

The OU/Texas Tech Game Ball was dedicated to the fans after the 65-21 win The NCAA bylaws have been updated to restrict the ways in which universities (and by extension boosters, fans, and alumni) are allowed to interact with potential recruits via social networking sites such as Facebook.  According to rules created in 2006 and…

Here I go again

Who knew blogging could get so complicated?  I maintained a personal blog for about five years when I was in college and I loved it and I loved the community I found from blogging; it was definitely my most successful blogging experience. When I started grad school though I began to feel a bit awkward…