Sunday, December 16, 2012

ROGATE 8: Thinking deeper about First Amendment rights

Religion. Speech. Press. Assembly. Petition.

What lingering questions do you have about the five freedoms? What are you still wondering? Think beyond the surface, and go deeper with your questioning. Avoid simple questions and answers.

For example, perhaps you're still thinking about Commonwealth v. Twitchell or the limits of free speech. Perhaps you want to know more about famous examples of young people exercising freedom of expression and/or having their rights violated or ignored. Maybe you want to look further into how art has been used as not only a means of expression, but protest. Please do not limit yourselves to my examples.

For this blog post, I would like you to ask and (attempt to) answer your own question. You do not need an actual, concrete answer (there may not be one), but you do need to do some research. Even though we studied America's First Amendment, feel free to expand your thinking and questioning outside of the United States. Write at least 3 paragraphs and include your sources via hyperlink or footnote. I look forward to reading your questions and thoughts! (We will work on this in class on Monday and Tuesday.)

Monday, December 3, 2012

GT Seminar I: The Ethics of Social Media After Death

After watching Adam Ostrow's TED talk, "After your final status update" and reading Cyberspace When You're Dead from the New York Times Magazine, you should have a better-formed opinion of our ongoing discussion of the ethics of social media after death. Adam Ostrow asks, "What happens to our online personality after we die? Could on?" Should it live on? What should happen to our social media accounts and blogs after we die? Should our families get to be in charge of our internet identities?

In a few paragraphs, address these ethical questions and respond to 2-3 of the points made in the article and/or the TED talk. Be sure to quote directly from the article when you reference it. Feel free to reference anything from the Mashable articles we read last week as well.