I found last night’s zoom session informal, informative and truly wonderful!
Mary Beth’ s insights paired with Alec’s knowledge and experience complimented the American facts with Canadian parallels. I appreciated the links and chat additions as well and couldn’t save the chat for future reference fast enough!
Professionally and personally I took specific notice to COPA and Mary Beth’s reminder that “these sites use your data to market items or things back at you”. I was shocked to learn that there are no global laws surrounding users and the ability for companies to track or market a consumer.
In regards to mental health, I wasn’t surprised to hear that Instagram is the worst for mental health in her opinion and that students feel like they have to act differently online to maintain status quo. Have already engaged in conversation to my own children and students regarding Mary Beth’s reference to “teens aren’t addicted to social media, they are addicted to each other.
“Read laterally not horizontally” was a great reminder that bias is indeed the hardest to teach because you need content in order to understand bias. “If it makes you feel something, it likely has a bias” Mary Beth said and I couldn’t agree more!
I look forward to reading Dana Boyd’s book, It’s Complicated as I fell it will add and expand my worldview surrounding my major project as well as reviewing Manoush Zomorodi’s work.