Archive for October, 2009

14
Oct
09

Twittering Teens? Not so much

ZTNov18SOCIOLOGY PROFESSOR ZEYNEP TUFEKCI

Why aren’t teens flocking to Twitter? Social media applications are not identical; they are communities with different norms, values and expectations. Twitter is structured as a text-based broadcasting medium which may not appeal as much to teenagers who are more likely to seek peer interaction and visual communication. At the moment, Facebook seems to fit that mold better. It is unsurprising that different platforms appeal to different audiences.

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06
Oct
09

Our National Parks: Paradoxes

ed orser pix cropped  9-22-08AMERICAN STUDIES PROFESSOR EDWARD ORSER

Watching the Ken Burns series on the national parks this week, I’ve been struck again by a number of the paradoxes associated with the national park movement, points I hope haven’t been lost amidst the spectacular photography and string of John Muir quotes.

For instance, when Yellowstone was officially designated America’s first national park, Congress said it should be set aside to protect its “remarkable curiosities” and “rare wonders” so that it might become “a great national pleasure ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.” As much as the democratic implications of that second mission might be laudable, the paradox of the pair of goals was inescapable:   how to preserve nature while also making it available for public use (and, one might add, sometimes, overuse and abuse)? When the National Park System was created in 1916, it received this same two-fold mandate, and balancing the two became its greatest challenge over the nearly a century since.

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