“ Get ready for total inundation,” said Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst at the research firm eMarketer, who estimates that 20 million children will be members of a virtual world by 2011, up from 8.2 million today (NYT, 12/31/07).
“ I get to decide everything on Club Penguin,” said Nathaniel Wartzman, age 9, of Los Angeles (NYT, 12/31/07).
Kaufman and Christakis Study Facebook groups tend towards homophily race and gender have the largest influence on who one befriends in social networks The size of the social network was largest for black students and smallest for white students In reality, like sticks to like on-line
“ The impartiality of the authoritative, accountable expert is replaced by murkiness of the anonymous amateur (WSJ 7/18/07).”
“ This is infantilized self-stimulation rather than serious media for adults. Web 2.0's democratization of information and entertainment is creating a generation of media illiterates (WSJ 7/18/07).”
Summary The internet exposes us to a vast array of choices/preferences. develop new and expanding sets of preferences based on an expanding set of virtual experiences. But....................
Summary “ Doing your own thing” on line has social consequences The Web give us expanded experience to create our own realities and networks What happens when we’re create our own reality? We tend stay “thin”
Key Discussion Question What can CLU do to cultivate digital citizenship among our students and our communities who are increasingly "in the cloud"? How can young people encourage virtuosity, xenophilia and ownership in the cloud?