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Article: “School Social Media Policies: Should Teachers and Students Be Facebook Friends?”

The article I chose to write was one I got off Huffington Post titled “School Social Media Policies: Should Teachers and Students Be Facebook Friends?”. The article debates the risks between inappropriate interactions with students on Facebook and also the academic benefits this type of social media could have. Social media policies have started to spread nationwide as 40 different school districts have approved them. In addition to this, New York City and Florida schools have started to discipline teachers for what they do on Facebook. The article touches on a few key points:

  • There have been multiple cases in which teachers have used Facebook inappropriately. In one New York case a teacher friended several female students and commented, “this is sexy” under their pictures.
  • Obviously this behavior crosses the line, but Facebook could be used as an educational resource because it is one of the main forms of communication for our generation
  • With e-mail even becoming seemingly outdated, Facebook appears to be one of the fastest ways to get in touch
  • One idea presented by teacher David Roush in the article is to make a separate Facebook profile specifically for connecting with students
  • Although this is true, Facebook is set up for socializing. One woman quoted, “On Facebook flirting is encouraged. You are encouraged to post your relationship status and your relationship interests. That’s not appropriate for a relationship between students and teachers”.

I agree with the fact that teachers should not be openly posting on student’s walls or commenting on photos, but it is common for a student and teacher to have a friendly relationship. I think it is extreme for states to try and implement policies in regards to Facebook. Not every teacher is using the social media inappropriately and I believe it could be a beneficial academic tool. Teachers could send out messages and start class threads in order to get out information quickly and efficiently.



David Portnoy – Boston’s Blogger

The blogger I chose to write about is David Portnoy, or known as El Pres on his blog. He is the head blogger and owner of Barstool Sports, a blog with a huge influence amongst college students in the northeast and around the country as well. This is a blog I have been following since high school and it literally has grown from nothing into somewhat of an empire. Barstool sports has over 1.4 million visitors a month with its other pages Barstool NYC and BarstoolU raking in impressive figures as well.

The blog focuses on sports and anything else that comes to mind.  Portnoy posts about ridiculous news stories, funny videos, and even includes multiple contests on his site. Obviously the Guess That Ass contest is not geared towards his female readers, but is still equally humorous. Barstool Sports is also not a blog to read if you are easily offended because El Pres says whatever he wants, whenever he wants.

He has even managed to become the center of a lawsuit over comments he made about Tom Brady’s baby, a scandal that hit the news far and wide. Despite this, his “stoolies”, the name given to Barstool followers, have stuck by him and he has managed to create a huge fan base from the blog. El Pres has even managed to go beyond blogging and expand his talents to putting on the “Barstool Blackout Tour”, a series of concerts hosted by Barstool in various places like Boston to down in South Carolina.

I enjoy reading this blog because it is entertaining, informative but at the same time funny.  I admire the fact that El Pres is not afraid to say what he thinks and even when faced with controversy, he still remains the same person that Stoolies know him by. One can also appreciate the business man in a blogger that Pres has managed to portray through his many events put on for his loyal fans. I’ve read this blog for multiple years and can easily say it is a blog I’ll continue to visit in the future.