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A Little Bird Told Me: Social Media and Academic Identity(s)


A Little Bird Told Me: Social Media and Academic Identity(s)

A Little Bird Told Me: Social Media and Academic Identity(s)

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  • 1. A Little Bird Told Me: SocialMedia and Academic Identity(s) Chris Ashford Reader in Law and Society Faculty of Business and Law @lawandsexuality
  • 2. Jorn Barger, ‘weblog’ in 1997
  • 3. Peter Merholz – ‘blog’ 1999
  • 4. Twitter - 2006∗ Evan Williams, Biz Stone – Pyra Labs
  • 5. The Culture Shift∗ Arab Spring∗ The Stephen Fry Twitter Phenomenon∗ Blur – single launch∗ Rio 2012 – 1992∗ In excess of 500 million users by April 2012
  • 6. What the devil is this befuddling tool of wonder? ∗ 140 characters – ‘tweets’ ∗ On your desktop or mobile device ∗ Integrated – e.g. iPad ∗ ‘Friends’ and ‘Followers’ ∗ Sharing information ∗ Social
  • 7. Twitter Mechanics∗ Mention∗ Favourite∗ Direct Messages (DM)∗ The Hashtag #∗ Follow Friday #ff∗ RT - Retweet∗ HT - HatTip
  • 8. Platforms∗ Twitter https://twitter.com/∗ Echofon http://www.echofon.com/∗ Tweetdeck http://www.tweetdeck.com/∗ Tweetdeck (yellow) http://theultralinx.com/2012/03/old-tweetdeck-download.html∗ Tweetbot http://tapbots.com/software/tweetbot/∗ Hootsuite http://hootsuite.com/
  • 9. Using Twitter: Professional
  • 10. Using Twitter: Audience & Clarity
  • 11. Using Twitter: Personality
  • 12. Using Twitter: Engagement & Impact
  • 13. Using Twitter: Beyond the Lecture
  • 14. Using Twitter: Be Social!
  • 15. Acceptability∗ What am I saying?∗ To whom am I saying it?∗ What about student usage?∗ Private Vs Public speech∗ The Law – ‘flaming’ – Twitter Joke Trial
  • 16. Twitter Joke Trial∗ Paul Chambers∗ Crap! Robin Hood Airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!
  • 17. The Communications Act 2003∗ A person is guilty of an offence if he—∗ (a) sends by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character; or∗ (b) causes any such message or matter to be so sent.
  • 18. Status∗ Who am I?∗ Teacher?∗ Researcher?∗ Husband? Wife? Civil Partner?∗ Manager? Celebrity? Politician? Academic?∗ Breaking out of the Academy?∗ Challenging ‘professionalisation’ of academia?
  • 19. What are the boundaries?∗ Identity∗ Authenticity?∗ Goffman – ‘performance’ of identity∗ Cownie – application to the Law Teacher∗ @uoslec2012