So, what about ubiquitous social media? From the July 2010 New York Times article about privacy issues, by George Washington University law professor Jeffrey Rosen:
Facebook, which surpassed MySpace in 2008 as the largest social-networking site, now has nearly 500 million members, or 22 percent of all Internet users, who spend more than 500 billion minutes a month on the site. Facebook users share more than 25 billion pieces of content each month (including news stories, blog posts and photos), and the average user creates 70 pieces of content a month. There are more than 100 million registered Twitter users, and the Library of Congress recently announced that it will be acquiring--and permanently storing--the entire archive of Twitter posts since 2006.The sheer volume of information being generated boggles the mind, as well as wondering who is viewing it. A University of Southern Indiana doctoral student writes about hearing in her interview that her Facebook profile had been reviewed as part her social media internship application and found more acceptable than another candidate's page with a photo of eight shot glasses surrounding the candidate. Her question in a social media guest blog seems fair: "Why are today's students held accountable for not knowing how to use social medial professionally, yet they haven't ever been taught formally?"
We have recruiters and employers checking Facebook pages as part of the hiring process, personal information being shared without any (or with limited) awareness of the immediate loss of control over that information, and permanent records of what we create. And, for the most part, we are not teaching students basic writing skills nor the proper use of social media tools. We did far better with the calculators.