Friday, September 22, 2006

Higher Ed vs. Myspace

Interesting factoid from the article, which I'm not sure I can believe: Myspace accounts for 5% of all web traffic?

This story just rings with First Amendment issues. Can a college, state or private, control what students post on "social networking" websites?

A complicating factor in all this is that these are student-athletes being discussed, and they likely have some greater duty to the institution based upon scholarships, stipends, under-the-table car dealership jobs from alums, etc.

At the same time, these are adults who happen to be enrolled at a college. They have a right to be as ignorant or offensive as they want to be, under the same constraints on speech that bind us all. One can't yell "fire!" in a crowded theater, can one can pose for a redneck action photo involving beer and hunting rifles.


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