Friday, October 06, 2006
And now we learn that students participating in the protest bragged on their FaceBook sights, and now are shocked -- shocked! -- to learn that the university is looking at these sites and taking names. David French writes:
Facebook, Myspace, and other similar sites harness the power of the internet to the unrestrained personal lives of millions of students (and young adults). This leads to strange outcomes as twenty-somethings live private lives in public, but without mentally abandoning the notion that this very public information is still somehow �theirs.� I can remember once surfing through Myspace to see if any employees that I supervised had sites and were saying anything about work that I would find interesting or concerning. Sure enough, I found somebody talking about how they were going through �serious problems� with their boss (not me, thankfully). When I asked about the problems, she reacted as if I had just eavesdropped on a cell phone conversation.You cannot brag of misdeeds in curbing someone's academic freedom without expecting some repercussions. Scott Johnson writes:
Memo to college students: Public information on the internet is, well, public. Give some thought to how the information currently on the web might look to an employer, a parent, or � given the current Foley mess � perhaps even a Congressional panel. I think we�re less than ten years away from having a presidential nomination or a serious run for House or Senate derailed by an ill-considered Facebook entry.
Public discourse at Columbia is for now in the hands of intellectual savages. Does the university have the wherewithal to restore the conditions of freedom?I'd suggest a webpage of screenshots of the perps' Facebooks would be a good start.