This is a classic from xkcd. I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently.
As a professional digital citizen, there are wrong ways to use the internet. Some examples:
- Anything illegal
- Oversharing personal life choices
- Publically displaying things that, as a professional, you would not discuss in person
- Bringing discredit on yourself, or your employer
As a proficient digital citizen, there are useful competencies when using the internet:
- If you want to share a cat photo, don’t put a link like this: https://www.google.ca/search?q=cat+photo&safe=off&espv=2&biw=1920&bih=947&site=webhp&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiQxKa8tpjLAhUJdj4KHd5KB9EQ_AUIBigB#imgrc=bHgZMz8CRJQP3M%3A
Don’t change your font and style meaninglessly.
- Don’t embed broken links with poor placement.
However, as a professional, proficient digital citizen, there is no right way to internet. ECMP 355 teaches useful skills but also pushes certain ways of using the internet. There’s social nuance here, there’s peer pressure, and there’s a lot of norming. Some areas that are norms, but are not essential to proficient, professional internet use:
- Having more followers than followings on Twitter. (Ego based norm)
- Actively sharing yourself vs lurking. (Extroverted norm)
- Proliferation of apps and tech that you use. (Specialization norm)
- Click-bait style publicity. (Audience norm)
I’m sure there are others. I’m also sure you may disagree with me. I welcome that debate – please help me refine this idea below.