Blog Prompt # 7: for the week of February 26-March 2
This week’s prompt asks you to return to the issue of the ways that social media has altered how we connect to one another as communicators and how writing on such public forums as Facebook and Twitter both enriches and problematizes the way we think about audience awareness.
Read this article in the New York Times about the use of Facebook as a tool for detecting depression in teenagers and young adults, and respond to the following: in your opinion, is it ethical for parents, teachers, college advisers, etc, to use social media as a tool for monitoring mental health? To what extent has social media altered the way we address mental health in public discourse? (i.e. has mental health become less taboo with the ability to instantly broadcast and discuss one’s personal details in public spaces?) How can we, as a critical audience of the messages shared by those we follow on social media sites, distinguish between legitimate attempts to reach out to a virtual community and a desire to participate in a technological universe that has the ability to launch the “everyman” into a type of celebrity status?
Respond to this prompt by midnight on Saturday, March 10. Note: due to the spring break holiday, the deadline for responding to this prompt has been extended.