Last updated on: 2/8/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Michael Bugeja, PhD Biography

Title:
Director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University
Position:
Con to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"
Reasoning:

“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.”

“Lonely Planet,” Newsweek, Aug. 21, 2009

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs, MDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to social media. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to social media.
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
Education:
  • PhD, English, Oklahoma State University, 1985
  • MS, Mass Communication, South Dakota State University, 1976
  • BA, German, Saint Peter’s College, 1974
Other:
  • 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