Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The "Authentic Self" Might Get You Fired...

Given our discussion this week of the "authentic self" versus the "performance self," I thought you all might find this article interesting. It's about a middle school teacher who got fired after making negative comments about her students and their parents on her Facebook page. I know some instructors who are willing to friend their students on FB, but most don't, usually because they prefer to keep their "instructor persona" separate from that part of their social life.

Anyway, I thought it was an interesting article; this woman's "authentic self" apparently wanted to vent about her students. If she'd vented with friends over coffee, she'd still have her job -- but because she vented on FB, she got fired. My question was, does using this kind of social networking technology train us to create and use various "performance selves" because we can never be totally sure of who might be checking in on us, and we're (usually) aware of the possible consequences?

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