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Tuesday, January 17, 2006
T and I have been subscribers of Money and The Atlantic for several years, and every now and again we flip through the magazines together before bed, reading some of the shorter pieces out loud. Last night T and I came across two snippets that are worth passing along here.
"Talkin' 'bout MySpace Generation" (Money, Feb. 2006, page 27): I thought this article was particularly relevant to this academic blogging group, since it discussed the potentially harmful consequences of popular websites like Facebook.com and MySpace.com. No doubt a lot of our students have profiles on these sites, and the profiles usually aren't too... well, flattering. (My brother Rob, a college senior, forwarded the Facebook site of a guy from his school who wrote: "I am majoring in partying and f____ cute chicks.") This article urged parents to caution their children about entries on these sites, because they could be used as a sort of "shadow resume" after the child leaves school and applies for jobs. The article cited some employers who, in addition to Googling potential job candidates, have also been checking their profiles on Facebook and MySpace. Maybe we should start mentioning this to students, too?
"Blog-aholics" (in "Primary Sources," Atlantic, Jan-Feb. 2006, page 52) According to Advertising Age magazine, where the original results of the study were published, Americans now waste more time than ever at work. Why? Blogs! Statistics indicate that "one in four U.S. workers reads blogs regularly while at work, losing, on average, some nine percent of the workweek." NINE PERCENT! Even more interesting, and perhaps more motivating to those teachers among us, is the fact that 34% of workers surveyed in another study reported wasting 30-60 minutes per day trying to interpret "ineffectively" written email messages. Writing, then, is harmful on both ends of the spectrum: really good (or addictive) writing on blogs leads to workers wasting time reading, and really bad writing leads to workers wasting time reading.
Tonight I think I'll tackle the Atlantic article on Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. But only after I've tackled the dissertation-related articles sitting on my desk right now.