Teenagers and Skyblog: Cartigny Powerpoint Presentation [en]

[fr] Une présentation que j'ai donnée en juin lors d'un colloque de recherche à Cartigny. La présentation powerpoint contient un "tour d'horizon" plutôt visuel de ce que j'ai pu rencontrer durant mes "promenades" sur la plate-forme Skyblog. Cela représente assez bien les préoccupations des écoles qui me contactent afin de venir parler de blogs aux adolescents, aux parents, et aux enseignants (pas tous en même temps bien sûr!)

Earlier this year (in June) I was asked to give a presentation on teenagers and blogs at a medical research workshop in Cartigny, near Geneva (Sexual Health of Adolescents in the Internet Age: Old Concerns, New Challenges). I’ve just received an OK to put it online, so here it is: Teenagers and Skyblog, Powerpoint [8Mb].

It’s basically a very visual “collage” of what I’ve found during my expeditions on the Skyblog blogging platform which a lot of French-speaking teenagers use. It reflects the kind of issues that I’m asked to come and speak about in schools (to teenagers, parents, and teachers — not at the same time, of course).

My excuses for the format — no powerpoint on this machine, so I can’t convert it to anything nicer.

I’ve just discovered SlideShare and uploaded the slides there. You can view them below:

Plan de cours EESP (Internet social) [fr]

[en] This is the outline of a course I just gave on the social internet.

Très rapidement, le plan du cours que j’ai donné tout à  l’heure à  l’EESP sur l’Internet social. Il manque un tas de liens, utilisez donc Google ou Wikipedia si vous désirez plus d’informations sur les noms cités.

  1. Introduction

– tour d’horizon général de l’utilisation d’internet par les adolescents
– axé sur technologies et leur utilisation

  1. Internet n’est pas qu’une bibliothèque

– web, e-mail, newsgroups, chat/IM/IRC, P2P, webcams, téléphonie, jeux/Second Life, social/community software (Flickr, MySpace, Skyblog, blogs, Orkut…)
– moyen de communication (vie sociale online/offline intégrée, rapprochement de personnes ayant intérêts communs, micro-communautés)
– fracture entre “générations” (encadrement, exploration sans soutien adulte)

  1. Chat et communication via l’écran (synchrone)

– pistes “psychologiques” (défenses, projections, rencontre, fracture vs. intégration online/offline)
– où chatter? IM, IRC, P2P, WoW, Second Life…
– plus loin: webcams, Skype

  1. Les blogs

– charactéristiques (technique, contenu, social)
– utilisations (“adultes”, ados)
– machine à  fabriquer des conversations, bouche à  oreilles démultiplié (implications comme outil de communication — commercial, politique, social)

  1. Problématiques adolescents

– anonymat
– respect des lois en ligne
– persistance et caractère public du contenu et conséquences
– sous-cultures et “groupes de soutien pairs” (suicide, morbide, etc)
– cyberpédocriminalité

  1. Conclusion

– vie sociale en ligne des adolescents à  gérer
– nécessité pour institutions, éducateurs, enseignants, parents de se familiariser avec le monde en ligne et de s’intéresser à  ce que les adolescents y vivent
– prévention, mais aussi réflexions à  mener sur l’exploitation possible, à  des fins éducatives, de cette utilisation sociale d’Internet

Quelques références:

  • http://zephoria.org (danah boyd)
  • http://www.rider.edu/suler/psycyber/psycyber.html (Psychology of Cyberspace, John Suler)
  • http://adocity.com
  • http://myblog.fr
  • http://actioninnocence.org
  • http://skyblog.com
  • http://www.admin.ch/ch/f/rs/311_0/index2.html (Code Pénal art. 173-177, voir sous “Titre troisième: Infractions contre l’honneur et contre le domaine secret ou le domaine privé”)

History of Online Life [en]

[fr] J'ai beau dire dans mes conférences que ce que l'on met sur le web est hors de notre contrôle, et risque de devenir permanent, je suis de plus en plus confrontée à  la disparition de l'histoire numérique. Quelques réflexions sur l'histoire de Kaycee Nicole Swenson, l'adolescente fictionnelle qui mourut de leucémie en mai 2001.

I’m having a chat with Kevin (who should blog more!) about some past things, and he’s hunting around in the Internet Archive for photos and stuff. A lot of it (2003, 2004) is already gone. Can’t be found.

During my talks to teenagers, I always stress that something you put on the web is out of your control, and that you cannot “remove” it. In some cases you might, but you can’t be sure there isn’t a copy lying around somewhere.

Another thing I tell the kids I talk to is the Kaycee Nicole Swenson story — the young leukemia patient who died; she blogged for two years, was active in online communities, exchanged phone calls and presents with other bloggers and chatters, and was even interviewed for the New York Times — but never existed. Her original blog has been taken down, and a lot of stuff I referred to at the time when I wrote about the story. I googled for her to see what came up. Amongst various results came this blog entry from 2004. It ends like this:

Debbie Swenson did something that few writers have done before: she brought a character into the world of the living, gave her a working heart and soul, and affected real people’s lives with her work.

In my opinion, that should be the purpose of all writing: to make a real difference. So in this case, my hat is off to Debbie for her skill and wisdom.

Pardon me? Duping people is “wisdom”? Please allow me to disagree strongly. I wanted to post this comment and although it appears in coCo, it didn’t get posted to the original blog because of some MovableType templat problem. Here it is:

Well, maybe we (because I was one of Kaycee’s readers) can cherish the memory of many cancer patients, but we can also cherish the memory of having been duped.

If I’m going to put energy in a relationship, I want it to match reality, somewhat. Otherwise it makes no sense.

Have you seen The Matrix? Maybe we should all eat little pills that make us happy — if we don’t know we’re not living in reality, where’s the damage?

Some of my thoughts on the topic, in French:

And in English:

All this happened in May 2001. It makes me feel like such an old-timer. Was anybody else around? Who remembers Kaycee Nicole?