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Friday, June 18, 2010

Death on Twitter: How Do We Discuss with Students?

Just read this on Mashable where the Attorney General who gave the go-ahead for a firing squad execution Tweeted out the announcement. Mashable asked if it was too far?

Whether it was "too far" or not, I think it was in very poor taste.  I think this is a poor use of Twitter or any type of media, but particularly Twitter. If it cannot be explained in 140 characters, it doesn't really belong in a Tweet, does it?

I'd really like to know what you all think. Feel free to comment here or over at Mashable, however, I've set up a Twitter poll to get your feedback.

You know, I'm coming back to this with another question. I talk to students all the time about "appropriateness" of posting things that should not be shared. How do I reconcile this? They see this as a person in authority. I don't know, I'm really upset and struggling this one as a teacher who discusses social media in the classroom on a daily basis.

How would you discuss this if a student brought this up to you in class? I'd really like to know.
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