Friday, September 30, 2011

What Happens When a University Blacks Out Social Media?

We are going to find out.

The wait is almost over. A weeklong exercise in withdrawal from social media usage will end for the campus community at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology shortly. The Pennsylvania university, which performed a similar move last year, has been blocking network access to 10 popular sites, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, Bebo, Orkut, Hi5, Twitxr, and Plurk, as well as texting outlets. This year's activity has been dubbed, "Back to Blackout."

According to Provost Eric Darr, the exercise will inspire students, faculty, and staff to think more about the use and abuse of technology:

This exercise is an attempt to better understand an important technology, social media, that clearly impacts how we live and work. It might inspire students, faculty, and staff to think more about their social media habits and to further raise awareness about the impact that social media has on daily life and work."

Here’s the story from Campus Technology, which includes a few interesting comments from readers.


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