Some observations: Interpersonal Divide, as the preface states, was a response to the Digital Divide argument at the beginning of the 21st Century--specifically one book not mentioned in the authors' impressive bibliography. The argument being debated was whether we had to make access to Internet our top priority across the social spectra or else suffer disenfranchisement from the community of ideas. As a journalist aware of profit-taking and marketing in the communication industry, my fear, largely realized, was that we would not inherit the promised cyberland of a global village. We would inherit a global mall.
Second, end-of-chapter exercises and readings were meant to test the author's polemic. That was not mentioned in the essay-review but has been noted in such publications as diverse as The Washington Post and Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. As such, Interpersonal Divide was intended to be a personal barometer for the user. These exercises have specific utility for student affairs personnel in orientation. Students who have completed them, as well as adults, suddenly realize the harbinger to come. There are more than 100 teaching modules at my Web site: http://www.interpersonal-divide.org.
That said, I again applaud Lindros and Zolkos not only for their scholarship but also for their conclusion. Interpersonal Divide may or may not be a harbinger of things to come. They are correct.
We need to monitor qualitative and quantitative data to moderate not only our use but the cost of technology in higher education--a cost, by the way,
that not only has claimed teaching positions but student affairs employees as well.
-- Michael Bugeja
Our editor, Gary Malaney, provides some insights on how our students are using technology to be politically and socially active in The Internet and Student Activism.
In Thoughts on Facebook, Tracy Mitrano gives us five things to think about when using Facebook.
Shaun Jamieson discusses the YouTube rage in YouTube: "Broadcast YourselfT," Your Parties, Your Class, Your Arrest..
In Best Practices Among Student Affairs Professionals Using Online Networking Communities, Jennifer T. Roberts-Edwards gives some good advice to student affairs professionals about putting personal information on their Myspace and Facebook accounts.
Larry Moneta offers a technological tale of a "typical" college student in The Story of Simon: Another Techno-Fable.
And finally, Brian Crimins regales us with the story of his first MP3 player in My Mp3 Player, The Go-Go's, and Me.