I personally have little experience with online social networks and games. This first week of classes, I have been fascinated by the relationships between students and professors on networks like Facebook, MySpace, and Second-Life. At first, I was excited by the possibility of connecting with a professor or mentor on a level that didn’t exist before (and I still am). To cast aside the professional relationship and interact as peers may have more to offer in the exchange of ideas than facing each other in the classroom.
But the more I think about it, the more I’m fascinated with ‘if?’ and ‘how?’ these network relationships become problematic. How is the professional relationship kept separate from the social one? Does it need to be? What problems arise when the two relationships collide? Do they ever collide? Please respond.
I have another entry to follow. I just wanted to get this one out there because I’ve been thinking a lot about it.