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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 and 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.
Posted with care by Prof. Me @ 1/17/2006 09:59:00 AM  
3 Words of Wisdom:
  • At 12:13 PM, Blogger La Lecturess said…

    Hee. I love that statistically precise figure for the number of minutes a day people spend trying to interpret email messages.

    (Oh, and I love the new template, too!)

  • At 12:38 PM, Blogger Peri said…

    Excellent new template. It's quite inviting!

    Thanks for mentioning the / myspace trend. I think you're 100% correct about those sites and their potential for future harm. I fear words of warning may go unheeded, but it may be good to say them anyway.

  • At 10:19 PM, Blogger Steven Silvers said…

    There's more on this issue at Scatterbox in a post titled, "Internet generation realizing a downside to growing up online."

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