Set-Up: Your generation is the first to naturally have 2 lives:
one on in the real world and one on-line.
Some would even call you “digital natives”.
While there are remarkable thing about being born in an age where the Internet, cell phones, IM’ing, etc is commonplace — staying in touch with friends/family 24/7, being creative with amazing new media software, getting published at the touch of a button, etc. — it also means that everything you do on-line has the potential of one day being viewed by the colleges you apply to, companies interviewing you, etc.
As you can imagine, this creates some interesting issues that your generation will have to face.
- Consider 2 of the 3 following articles that cover how colleges are exploring applicants’ digital files and accounts: 1) “College Admissions Offices Using Facebook…to Block Students”, 2) “Schools Use Facebook for Admissions, Disciplinary Action”, 3) “Facebook, MySpace, and College Admissions”
- Write a reaction considering the impact on you and your classmates in the coming few years.
Length: 7+ sentences