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10/1/10 Feature 11

Get Yo’ Mama Off Facebook “The Facebook Generation” adapts to the new influx of seniors surfing the social network by Kelsey Williams

fitting in with the new generation. The acceptance of Facebook is great, but Everyone dreads the day when they whether they should partake come home to find a parent doodlebopping in the actual using of the site on FACEBOOK. is debatable. After years of my mother scolding Furthermore, these me for having a Facebook and lecturing days the use of Facebook me about how unsafe it is, she has finally is expanding to older come to terms with the fact that Facebook generations than even our has swept the nation and is an undeniable parents. revolution in social networking. After However, a grandparent accepting Facebook, the general next or great aunt on Facebook step is participating in the movement. doesn’t seem to be as bad, Following suit, my mother proceeded probably because it is just to ask me to set up a Facebook for her. plain funny. Since you know Absolutely not. Why would I ever that your grandma may be participate in giving my parent a way to sifting through your profile examine my social life on the Internet? one day, you’re more likely Another scenario is quite common: to censor what you choose to you log on to Facebook and find a share with the world, which, friend request from—please, God, no— in the end, is probably for your mom or dad. If you ignore their the best. Perhaps Great Aunt request, they have reason to believe Gertrude will be the sole you have something to hide, but if you reason why you weren’t fired reluctantly accept, you now have ten new Photo: K. Williams from your job or rejected notifications every day from your mother commenting on yet another “precious/ Once opposed to her daughter’s use of Facebook, Sherri Williams gets caught catching onto the by a college. Facebook is becoming more and more adorable/so fun!/beautiful” picture of global phenomenon. accessible to prospective employers, and professionals in general, rather than its initial you. Of course, there are the exceptions. There always are. Some Facebook users are lucky purpose of social interactions. Whether you have experienced the horror, or maybe joy, of seeing your parents’ name enough to have parents who realize their boundaries on Facebook. These parents use the site for their own personal social lives, and know how to post a meaningful or humorous pop up on your news feed or not, parents on Facebook is an unstoppable trend. One can comment.Despite your situation, at a point in all our lives, we will be forced to consider anticipate and expect parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents all to use you, in a loveable squeeze with that said family member as the subject for their profile picture. how we feel about having our parents be a part of the Facebook world. Indeed, everyone can benefit from up-to-date parents who think they are all about My mother put it best when she said to me, “You better get used to it. You can’t stop us.”

Students are reluctant to “accept” friend request from parental unit. “I tried to explain to my mom that she couldn’t write on my wall because it would be like, back when she was a teenager, if she was talking on the phone and her mom picked up on the line and started talking to her while she was trying to talk to her friend. She only kind of understood, but I tried.”—Senior Hannah Tennant

“Last night my dad liked his own status... My parents are very active on Facebook. Sometimes my mom Facebook chats me from downstairs telling me to get off Facebook and do my homework or sometimes she uses Facebook to tell me that dinner is ready.” –Senior Margo Boyd

“One time when I signed on to Facebook, I had a new friend request from a woman with the same name as my grandma—to my dismay, it was my grandma. She likes to write on my wall after examining my profile, asking about my most recent wall-to-wall with someone. She points out who I should and shouldn’t be talking to, according to their profiles, and comments on inappropriate pictures, saying “your grandma wouldn’t like this if she had a Facebook—oh wait, she does.” –Senior Will Lavis

“Margo’s dad likes to comment on a lot of my pictures and write on my wall. The wall posts are pretty frequent and go something like this: “Hey girlie! Long time no see! How’s life?” It’s great to keep in touch with him and I really appreciate it, but it’s a little public. My parents also have a Facebook, but they aren’t as active as some parents. I don’t mind the comments from my parents, but I don’t love it.”—Senior Jacqueline Garell

The Saga Continues Between Student and Teacher by Marina Allen We see our teachers each day. Our duty as students is to fulfill the set curriculum and their personal expectations. There is little compromise or room for debate on the topic of our education, and because of this, many students speak poorly of their authorities. Most problems arise when focusing on the different idiosyncrasies from teacher to teacher. These include and are not limited to: the rules for paper formatting, class discussion, homework, etc. which all seem unnecessary and at times too demanding of students. Photo: M. Allen The maintenance and control of 30 plus wild Above: Marina Allen recieves an F- on her essay for and crazy teens per room must be trying for not using proper MLA format. Right: Junior Cassie teachers. Some teachers insist that these rules Zaffanella demonstrates the act of cheating off her are necessary for bringing order to this chaos. peer’s homework, a concern for all teachers. For this reason, students should be sensitive or sympathetic to teachers who fear this chaos grade. All through school, we are directed to ask them and and therefore dominate the classroom with a sense of stay prompt about our current situation. I am following my authoritarian and arbitrary regulations. From experience side of the contract and it’s not fair when the other party and observation, the students find the following rules doesn’t,” said an anonymous sophomore. most frustrating in teachers, Like in any conflict, the problem should not be blamed Enforcement of a strong MLA format on one side. What is it that frustrates teachers, besides not Fringed edges paper that result in a “0” abiding to the list above? No make-up tests permitted Students who show little interest in studies (i.e. bad No bathroom usage track record for completion of homework, class work) No eating in class Students who are disrespectful to peers or teacher No grade posts and when confronted, teacher dismisses Students who cheat question. “I hate it when a teacher refuses to tell me my Students who are rowdy, boisterous

Photo: M. Allen

Fundamentally, teachers fear that students don’t gain anything from their class. The tendency then is to think ahead of the suspected violator of the rules and establish strict boundaries for success. What looks like paranoia or dispensable regulations turn out to be the teacher bargaining for structure. With these qualms in mind, let your voice be heard reader, and describe them through our online poll resource. Go to this article on mhsmirador.com and take the survey in the link provided to aswer the following question: What do you think the ingredients are for an unhappy class and for a happy class?


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