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Nicholas Carr Podcast

IT Conversations posted a podcast interview of Nicholas Carr author of What the Internet is doing to our Brains. Check it out for a sneak peak at the book before it's actually time to read it!

Know Your Meme

For those of you who do not know the ugly underbelly of the Internet, this site should prove very useful. "Know Your Meme" does "scientific" research to understand the effect memes (savvy Internet jokes that have become popular) has on the rest of web users, their origin, and does a basic analysis of meme culture. Standing Cat continues to consider the significance of cats on the Internet. Check it out for a good laugh and educate yourself on Internet culture.

Facebook Tragedies and Social Media Implications

Hello all. I found this article today relating to the murder of three teenagers in Colombia. Big deal right? Colombia is filled with gangs and drug lords. This case is particularly interesting though because the teens were part of a kill list along with 66 other people. I'm sure you all heard earlier this year the sad story of Phoebe Prince, an Irish student who had recently moved to America, being bullied at school and on Facebook to the point that she committed suicide. Does this reflect a change in users of Facebook or society as a whole? Should we try to implement new social norms on social networks to prevent/report such abuses? And if so, should we take any/every seemingly cruel or snarky comment as serious? The way we use social media and how we view its benefits is forever changing and this could have negative connotations for Facebook (similar to how it did for [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10272868/MySpace]). This is particularly true for young, naive users. We then need to consider whether or not to put an age limit (again) on social networking sites. Feel free to respond to this post with your thoughts and comments on this issue. I'd love to hear what you guys have to say on the issue.