Position Paper due 4/22


The purpose of this position paper is to encourage reflection on a topic relevant to the course, and gain experience applying the concepts addressed in the readings and discussions.

For the first position paper, you will be asked to write a one-two page paper on one of the following topics:

1). Should social media be used in all (or most) college classrooms?

2). In what ways do social media affect people and/or organizations who do not participate in them?

Resources for the paper:

Metafilter discussion of Bert & Bin Laden
Introduction to Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy
Visualization of social media tools in the digital taxonomy

FrontLine interview with danah boyd on Internet celebritySocial Media Monopoly

Social media revolution
Social media revolution (updated)
Gary Hayes’ social media counts


RSS in Plain English

Google Reader
Bloglines (web-based RSS reader)
XNews (Windows RSS reader)
Snarfer (WindowsRSS reader)
Flock (multi-platform social media browser)

Your position papers will be graded according to the following criteria:

  • Appropriate reference to and use of concepts from the course
  • Logical argument that clearly supports your position and is sustained by references (rather than simply opinion)
  • Clear and correct writing

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