Last year my editor in Boston notified me that Western Washington University had selected The Young and the Digital for its Western Reads program. I learned that all new incoming students would be provided a copy, many classes would be using the book, and programs would be built around the book in many of the residential halls. For two days I met with students, dorm directors and residential assistants, and faculty and staff. Students expressed a lot of interest in their generation’s engagement with digital media acknowledging both the opportunities and the challenges that come with participation in the social media world. In my conversations with students a number of issues were raised such as whether or not social media is truly social, shifting norms around privacy, the role of technology in primary schools and higher education, and issues of technology and social inequality.
After the event I had a chance to talk with a writer from PC World. You can read her description of my talk in an article for PC World titled, If You’re Not Networking, You’re Not Social.