A perhaps “softer” entry point for academics looking to engage students in online social spaces is to begin by experimenting with blogs. One example of an academic blog is apophenia, by danah boyd. Boyd is a researcher at Microsoft Research New England and a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Not only is this a good example of how to use a blog as to supplement academic papers and teaching, the content is relevant to many academics looking to engage social media. Another example is Dan Cohen’s Digital Humanities Blog. Cohen is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University and the Director of the Center for History and New Media. Similarly to boyd’s blog, Cohen’s blog is relevant in terms of both form and content. Both blogs provide examples of how academics can use blogging as an educational tool. Another way to examine blogs could be to examine the content and discussion that occurs on such blogs as Stuff White People Like. Through examining not just the official blog post, but the comment section, educators can have a variety of discussions about power, privilege and difference. Such critical examination assignments can also include an examination of Tim O’Reilly’s (2007, April 8) “Draft of a Blogger’s Code of Conduct,” and his subsequent writing, (2007, April 11) “Code of Conduct: Lessons Learned So Far.” Discussion centered around commentary in online social spaces and how users self police the space through various mechanisms could fit in many classroom curriculum.

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