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Quick Write 120511 "Digital Manners"

As I wrote in QW 1201, I’ve been working on another course paper due on December 14th. This paper is to design a textbook and create a whole sample chapter justified with related theoretical support. My material focuses on learners’ writing fluency accompanied with lots of pair/group discussions. The ultimate goal of the material I’m creating is that learners will be able to practice writing independently and self-proofread their products as much as possible. To this end, the material contains Peer-Feedback and Self-Assessment sections. Dr. Beglar, who’s teaching the course, always emphasizes that a material has to have “content”, meaning that learners will learn something through English, not just learning English itself. I’ve selected “Digital Manners” as the topic for the sample chapter of my material, inspired by “Manners for the Digital Age” podcast from Slate. I find the passage that I had transcribed from the audio interesting to readership here. I’d very much appreciate your posting comments on this topic on QWF.

“Getting Scooped on Facebook”
Adapted from Slate "Manners for the Digital Age"

Who gets to announce the biggest news on the Internet? One man says after he and his wife had a baby they called their closest family members, but didn’t immediately post the new on Facebook. So without asking, his sister posted all the details about the baby for the world to see. This is what he calls “Facebook Scoop”. The same thing happened to another person whose relative got engaged and news spread on Facebook before the happy couple had been able to call her grandma with the news.

So is it bad manners or just information should to be free as soon as possible? Some might say the basic courtesy means asking “Can we spread this news or should we sit tight?” Others might say there’s no price in life for being the biggest loud mouth, so let the people with the news spread the news.

If we go by the notion that we should do on Facebook what we’re used to doing in our real-life, it depends on the news in question. The burden is on the teller if you want your news to remain confidential, so you should tell your friends to hold off posting it on Facebook until we inform other people. But if you don’t give that explicit warning, I think people are free to post the information. If it’s obviously celebratory news, such as you had a baby or you got engaged, people would post it online unless you tell them not to. What are your thoughts on that?

(30 minutes / 432 words)

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