Barbarians at the Gates

Social media at three paces as journalists and citizens face off in a global battle for territory on the fourth estate. The New News program at the 2011 Melbourne Writers Festival explores the legitimacy of social media as a journalistic tool.


Go2News goes live

Check out the Go2News blog by Deakin University journalsim students. Deakin mojos are using iPod Touches and iPhones with the 1st Video App to produce and edit news type stories. After only 8 hours of training students were able to produce and publish their own short story.

Deakin Journalsim empowering students to have their own voice.

Go Mojo…

Mum goes undercover and trawls through Facebook smut

Concerned mum Nathalie Brown goes undercover using ‘un-social media tactics’ to expose secret lives of teenagers on Facebook. How many concerned parents out there want to do the same?

The mother of two, posing as a 14 year old, quickly amassed 76 friends despite using a fake profile, proving how easily predator ‘friends’ could get phone numbers, raunchy photos and invites to parties.

Wanting to see what her 15-year-old could be confronted with Ms Brown stumbled on pages that had children bragging about sexual ability, skipping class, even a profile littered with porn videos and rape accusations.

“I was shocked by what I saw, especially the rape comments,” she said.

The Standing Committee of Attorneys-General last month discussed whether parents should be given the legal right to see their children’s Facebook pages, with a resolution yet to be reached.

What do you think – duty of care vs privacy?

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