Unwitting Mashup of Facebook and Juicy Campus?

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  1. dan bednarski says:

    This is nothing new. I dealt with these sorts of lists on a semi-frequent basis when I handled abuse for GeoCities from 1996 to 1999. Then, as now, the schools handled the matters in a variety of ways including suspension and expulsion, and some even involved local law enforcement. Teens will continue to use and adapt to any publishing platform available to share these lists.

  2. Danielle Citron says:

    Dan, So many interesting questions for you given your experience at GeoCities, though just a few thoughts first. Since you worked for GeoCities in its heyday of popularity yet before the true Google explosion of search, we might imagine that the harmfulness of such lists is certainly exacerbated. Now, if the Facebook page is copied and posted publicly with the girls’ names clearly spelled out, Google might produce those threads for so many more people than those who had access to the lists in 1996 or 1997. At the same time, some postings, now instantly searchable and accessible, pose greater risks than others and schools should be able to tackle them in a nuanced way. Schools may respond the same, but should they? We have ten years and more experience under our belt since your experience. We have had so many more years to process how educations can best serve as “social centres” as Dewey would put it, as zones of moral education. So more of the same strikes me as unimaginative at best and educational malpractice at worst. These are just the sorts of areas that educators need to bring nuance and care to the decisions they make–their actions teach students so much.

    Now for my questions: when you were at GeoCities, did you work on safety issues and if so, how did you define and address hate speech? I would love to hear your thoughts.



  3. Clay Boggess says:

    Perhaps by not making a big issue out of it the administrator was attempting to prevent any ‘rogues’ from wanting to capitalize on the publicity by seeking after even more negative attention with ‘copy-cat’ incidents along these same lines.