MySpace, YourSpace: Are Libraries infringing on teen privacy?
MySpace - Libraries on MySpace appeal to teens!”
Is this true, or just an aphorism? I’ve heard from teens that MySpace is a good source of library information, but I’ve also heard from the same teens that they want MySpace for themselves. They’re not pleased with organizations, especially ones they consider to be “authority” (read: school or library) being on their turf.
My Space continues to be an active and sometimes controversial social
networking/self-expression site, as this article from a librarian
actively involved in teen services shows. The site represents what
might be called a nexus of concern, about censorship and teen
vulnerability to online predators, although the latter aspect may be
overestimated. This story brings up an interesting question about a
more informal kind of censorship: are schools, libraries, and other
kinds of authority figures exerting pressure on teens to be included in
the MySpace world? The comment quoted above has generated a number of
interesting responses, and is well worth a look for those interested in
the less obvious kinds of intrusions into our virtual worlds. According
to some, the answer , for many teens, is a separation of the MySpace
world- a MySpace professional edition and a more personal version,
where authority figures are excluded regularly. Of course, many
library-loving teenagers don't feel the need to divide their worlds in
this way, and have very lively conversations with the often
unfashionable authority figures. The beauty of MySpace is that it is
not static: it morphs with responsive ease.