Is it just me, or should people have understood this from the start?

This is another great entry from the Six Pixels blog:

I’m particularly drawn to the the quote included from the article he linked–this bit:

“he has grown uncomfortable with the constant exposure. ‘You get the sense that you’re someone else’s entertainment. Your life is a product and that to me is a frightening idea.'”

This was the rationale of a once-avid Social Media devotee who has recently decided to “hang it up;” to “commit it to the river or the flame;” to “pack up his marbles and go home.”

My question is, how did he not appreciate this reality from the start? He entered Social Media spaces in order to draw attention to his work–what else could his impetus have been than to be “someone else’s entertainment?” I’m not convinced that his new-found realization is all that new; that he didn’t know the job was dangerous when he took it.

I can imagine other reasons for being in the space than self-promotion and marketing, but that’s because my impetus for being here is to situation educational practices in environments that my students inhabit. It’s the same thing really–I want to draw attention to the things I’m trying to teach my students–but at least I’m being honest about my quest to shine a spotlight on things I find important and worthy of sharing.


About Art

I've been a higher education professional for over 15 years and an Academic Advising administrator for the past eight of those. I have a background in exploratory student advising and have spent a great deal of time guiding students through contemplating their personal college-to-career pathways. I've published, presented, and consulted on the intersection of social media and academia and am a firm believer in social media's power as a tool for engagement rather than solely information delivery. I've worked at public and private institutions as well as 2-year colleges and 4-year universities. I believe in Academic Advising as a teaching and learning activity, that learner-centered education is the key to students' academic success, and that as long as we keep students' individual goals and success at the center of our decision-making process, the problem of college-level student attrition can be solved.
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