The Internet as social media: connectivity and immediacy

Prepare a brief paper describing what you’ve heard about how people use various social networking websites (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, any others that come to mind) — perhaps it’s based on some earlier experience of your own, perhaps on conversations with others and second-hand reports, perhaps it’s just by reading about them, perhaps just on speculation projected from anything that you have heard.

Describe what you’ve heard about utilization — benefits, problems, things to come, etc. Think about what you might be able to do if you did have full access to such tools — either taking advantage of them to do things that you might want to do, or protecting yourself against their use if you don’t like them.

Basically, your task here is to review what you know and don’t know about such social networking tools, and relate them to your own purposes and goals and potential behavior.

Feel free to extrapolate from what you do know to what you don’t know — just make it clear when you are doing so. Remember, the aim is to relate the topic to your own experiences of it, present or future. You won’t always be stuck on the fringes of the information world; being ready to re-enter it is always something to think about!

Assignment Expectations

LENGTH: 2 pages typed and double-spaced

The following items will be assessed in particular:
• The degree to which you have carried out the assignment completely, or clarified why you could not and investigated alternatives

• Your ability to describe your experiences clearly and draw conclusions from them, not just narrate events

• Your ability to focus on the overall purposes of the assignment, not just its specific steps

• Your use of some in-text references to what you have read; please cite all sources properly

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