Director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University
Con to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"
"Facebook or MySpace are programmed for revenue generation, especially the vending of marketing data and the advertising base that can be established because of that data. To do so, those networks rely on technology developed by military (to surveil) and industry (to sell). The fact that both happen simultaneously is no fluke because the programming is designed to amass psychographics on users too busy depicting each other like products to notice the surveillance...
To rebut examples of proactive use of social networks, I could counter with tragic ones, including a recent hoax by an adult 'neighbour' that triggered the suicide of 13-year-old Megan Meier."
Online debate on social networking conducted and sponsored by the Economist, Jan. 15-25, 2008
"[Texting or Twittering in the presence of others is a] prescription for loneliness... The human heart is suffering from lack of authentic interaction. Just being able to engage genuinely and politely with your neighbors is a better fix than Xanax could ever effect for mental stability."
Experts PhDs (and other Doctorates), MDs, and JDs who have conducted extensive research related to social networks, and national government officials with significant involvement in social networking issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Director, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Iowa State University, 2003-present
Recipient, Clifford G. Christians Award for Research in Media Ethics, 2005 and 2009
Associate Director, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, 2001-2003
Special Assistant to the President, Ohio University, 1996-2001
Recipient, University Professor Award, Ohio University, 1988 and 2000
Professor, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, 1986-2003
Recipient, National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, 1990
Recipient, AMOCO Foundation Outstanding Teacher, Oklahoma State University
Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Broadcasting, Oklahoma State University, 1979-1986
State Editor, United Press International, 1976-1979
PhD, English, Oklahoma State University, 1985
MS, Mass Communication, South Dakota State University, 1976
Vanishing Act: The Erosion of Online Footnotes and Implications for Scholarship in the Digital Age, 2010
Living Ethics: Across Media Platforms, 2007
Interpersonal Divide: The Search for Community in a Technological Age, 2005
The Art and Craft of Poetry, 2001
Living Without Fear: Understanding Cancer and the New Therapies, 2001
Family Values, 1997
Guide to Writing Magazine Nonfiction, 1997
Academic Socialism: Merit and Morale in Higher Education, 1994
Website for his books include: interpersonal-divide.org, livingethics.org, and halfnotes.org
Has written articles for Journalism Quarterly, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, New Media and Society, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, American Journalism, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Ed