The Flaws of Facebook

“… My dislike of Facebook is not based on ignorance or a knee-jerk academic ludism. I understand exactly what Facebook is – it’s an Internet replacement service that combines e-mail, instant messaging, photo sharing, social networking, mailing lists, asynchronous gaming, and personal Web hosting all in one. Crucially, it allows differing degrees of privacy, so you can blog safely about the antics of your adorable cat or the incredible evil of your department chair without either of them finding out unless you add them to your friends list. What bothers me about Facebook — the dilemma highlighted by my encounter with the editor — is the particular problem it presents for academics, whose professional career and personal goings-on are all rolled up together into one big life of the mind …” (more)

[Alex Golub, Inside Higher Ed, 3 February]

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