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15 things you absolutely must know about social media or your face will melt off and get eaten by goats

A post on unfriending and detaching....definitely food for thought. Social Media.

Videos Complement Classroom Experiences: Encouraging learning via technology. According to Dean, "the Sociological Cinema team doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon. With several upcoming presentations (not to mention a Facebook page boasting over 36,000 likes), they are considering next steps for the site, including ways to link more faculty to videos, collaboration with other faculty, academic publications, and more..." YAY!

Social media and college admissions [infographic] Use this to teach your students about college. Print it and share it on your wall. Show it to parents. Colleges screen applicants, promote their universities and more on social media but this ends with how students can improve their odds. I'm sharing this with my students #college #socialmedia

This video (5:27), created by sociologist Jessie Daniels, explores how race is depicted on the Internet. Daniels argues the issue is not with people using the Internet to "recruit" people into hate groups; instead, the issue is how the Internet shapes knowledge and how people perceive realities of race. Everyday people use the Internet to spread racist messages. They create content themselves and share it with friends, normalizing common stereotypes.

There are still people who resist personal and educational use of technology for various reasons. Many teachers have the tools,but not the know how or support or the ideational scaffolding that is needed to be technology fluent. The Pew Report outlined many of the things that I would say, but also lets us know that it is not just those of us who talk about the digital divide and social justice who are complaining about lack of broadband, access, tools and support for learning the technology.

What an outdated question this has become! Of course you're online, unless you're an off-the-grid survivalist or a remote tribesmen!! From Facebook to bank accounts, you always have some sort of online presence, whether you're actively engaging in front of a screen or not. Yet this is still a word we use to describe our engagement with the Internet. So we have to ask, is this online/offline distinction even worth making? Because we may need to re-evaluate the very word "ONLINE"...

Susan Crawford, former special assistant to President Obama for science, technology and innovation, and author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, joins Bill to discuss how our government has allowed a few powerful media conglomerates to put profit ahead of the public interest — rigging the rules, raising prices, and stifling competition.

Social Network Use Reflects East-West Disparity Feb. 7, 2013 — The stark contrast between America's "me-first" culture and the "collective-good" mentality in China is reflected in the two countries' use of social networking sites, according to a new study led by a Michigan State University scholar.