Shameless Self-Promotion

June 8th, 2006 by Alex

In yet another continuation of what SMITH editor Tim Barkow has termed my “MySpace obsession” (hey — I just give the people what they want) I’ve got an article up on Salon today about MySpace, and how schools and police are using it as an investigative tool. That raises some important questions, legal and otherwise — one expert I talked to even wonders whether it means this generation won’t value the concept of free speech. The question I find most interesting though, and ultimately this is what the article focuses on, is an issue I’ve discussed here before: why exactly does the social networking generation (and I include myself in this) feel that what they post to sites that anyone in the world can see is somehow private? Ideas, anyone?