ARTICLE REVIEW #1

My first article review for TECH621 is titled Randoms in my Bedrooms: Negotiating Privacy and Unsolicited Contacts on Social Networking Sites. The purpose for this article is to look at how solicited and unsolicited contacts on (SNS’s) breach privacy regulations or solicit breach of privacy regulations.

BACKGROUND INFO

This research article focuses on two main Social Networking Sites (SNS), Facebook and MySpace. It is also based on a qualitative project involving 38 individuals living in the Gold Coast region of Australia between the ages of 15 and 27. The research that was physically conducted was limited to this age group because of two reasons; one was to resist discursive constructions of youth engagement in online social spaces as ”risky” and dangerous and to test the need for comparable research being conducted to determine whether online social practices deviate or conform to other individual around the world.

Methods

The methods derived in this study consisted of first hand interviews with each of the participants that lasted approximately 30 to 60 minutes in length in a neutral location to each participant. Preceding the interview, an analysis was done of each of the participants to get an understanding of their demographics. Participants were recruited from undergraduate populations of Griffith University on the Gold Coast area with a variety of selection methods imposed.

Results

The results of this particular study focuses on the notion of friendship as a socio-cultural system of belonging and the impact of the belief of belonging that leads to a false conceptualism of “Friends” and ultimately a pattern of displaying a false sense of privacy to the users of social networking sites. The issue of privacy on social networking sites has been an element of both scholarly and popular discourse since they had begun to be widely adopted. Boyd’s (2007a;2007b;2010) research, for instance, followed the development of social network sites since Friendster was released in 2003, and argues that online social platforms  are simply new mediums that allow for the maintenance and articulation of existing relationships.  This friendship also comes at a cost where in the “age of Facebook” privacy is leveraged for personal information. Privacy has been conceptualized more pragmatically in the past decades, but as we move forward in the “Golden Age of the Internet”, there are emerging strategies for effective management of online privacy. A half a decade ago it was common practice never to use your full name on the internet. Now at this point, Facebook requires it of all of its users to release their full name upon setup of their “free” account in order to have a profile established.

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