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FOREWORD BY DAVID BOHNETT
Matt Ivester wrote this book to ensure people know how to manage their online reputations in a positive way and to inform readers about how their online selves affect their real lives. Watch this excerpt from a speech he gave to get an idea of what you will learn about in this book. (This annotation contains a video)
JuicyCampus.com was a website focusing on gossip, rumors, and rants related to colleges and universities in the United States. As of February 5, 2009, it went out of business due to the negative effect it was having on people's lives. You will learn about other harmful sites throughout this book. (This annotation contains a link)
These behaviors show that
CHAPTER 1 High School in the Digital Age
Ivester is making reference to a movie called "The Social Network" which is about Facebook. Watch the trailer and think about why Ivester includes this quote. (This annotation contains a video)
According to Ivester, what distinguishes high school today from high school in the past?
Cyberbullying is the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature. Watch this short film to learn why it is a problem. Please note that this video has strong language and emotional content. (This annotation contains a video)
According to the author, why is it important to know that the internet is "relatively new?"
CHAPTER 2 Sex, PowerPoint and Invasion of Privacy
Paris Hilton is a hotel heiress who made a "private tape" with her boyfriend, and he leaked it to the press. This is a clip of her responding to the "invasion." How would you feel if your trust was violated on the Internet? (This annotation contains a video)
Why did the author choose to include this sentence in this paragraph?
CHAPTER 3 Digital is Different
Ivester is most likely drawing a comparison to offline and online because
Tone is a literary term that refers to the author's attitude toward the subject he or she is writing about. In this paragraph Ivester uses facts and not passionate opinions about the "digital age," so we can tell that his tone is objective. As you read, notice his tone and whether or not it changes.
Did you know that you can look up any word in the book or in the questions and answer choices? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Use this feature to look up the word "content."
Why did Ivester include this sentence in this paragraph?
Which line from the text shows that cyberbullying can be even more painful than bullying offline?
Watch this video to learn more about storing information on the "Way Back Machine." Do you think this platform has positive or negative effects on users? Why? (This annotation contains a video)
CHAPTER 4 A Library, YouTube and Death Threats
Ivester includes this anecdote about the UCLA student's racial rant to show how easy it is to publicize negative comments on the internet. This is the video he is referring to. Please note that this video has racial comments that may be offensive. (This annotation contains a video)
This line was included to challenge people to be more careful with online content.
CHAPTER 5 Your Life, Online
Being a "heavy user" must be time consuming. In 2-3 sentences, explain if you believe spending this much time on the internet is a good thing or a bad thing. Use evidence from the text to support your assertion.
Which central idea does this line convey?
Have you considered how your social media profiles represent you? Is there something on them you should consider changing?
Ivester most likely uses Richard Nixon to further the point that
This is such an interesting concept. Think about profiles you have visited recently. Do you have "Negative Information Bias?"
Which line from the text best shows that your online reputation can affect real life circumstances?
The issue on online reputations is so pervasive that people have made businesses to help people clean up their negative online content. Watch this video to learn more about how to fix negative reputations. (This annotation contains a video)
Evaluate this anecdote. Do you think the employer was utilizing a "Negative Information Bias." Why or why not?
Ivester cleverly uses multiple reasons to clean up your online profile to further prove that Negative Information Bias is pervasive.
CHAPTER 6 Becoming a Conscious Creator of Content
What argument is Ivester making?
Ivester is making this suggestion to ensure readers know how to protect themselves from online predators. Will you use the advice he is providing?
This was a big scandal. Watch this video to learn more about the incident and decide whether or not this situation was blown out of proportion. Consider what you have learned about online reputations and negative information bias. (This annotation contains a video)
Think about the main arguments in this chapter. Do you agree or disagree with Ivester about the importance of becoming a conscious creator of content? Why or why not? Use evidence from the text to support your assertion.
CHAPTER 7 Active Reputation Management
Informational texts have various structures. Watch this video to learn how authors structure texts then respond to the following question. (This annotation contains a video)
How does Ivester structure the information in this text?
Which genre of writing is Ivester employing to teach readers about online privacy?
This section is different from the other sections in the text because it provides step by step ways to protect oneself online. How effective is this section in persuading people to create privacy settings?
Ivester knows a lot about social media and protecting oneself online. Why do you think he knows so much about this topic? Could he maybe have had a negative encounter online in the past?
According to the steps in this chapter, what are the pros and cons of managing your reputation online?
Peruse this website to learn more about how to clean up and protect your reputation online. (This annotation contains a link)
CHAPTER 8 A Webcam, Twitter and Tragedy
Listen to Ellen's comments on Tyler's and other gay teen suicides. (This annotation contains a video)
Which line from the text best shows the negative effects of cyberbullying?
CHAPTER 9 Good People, Bad Behavior
Ivester and many other authors, see social media platforms such as Facebook as a means to bully people. Jesse Miller has a different take. Read this article from the Huffington Post then respond to the following question. (This annotation contains a link)
Consider what you learned from this text and Jesse Miler's article. To what extent is social media to blame for cyberbullying? Use evidence from both the article and the text to support your assertion.
This is interesting. Do you think this makes online interactions more helpful or harmful?
What do these lines suggest about online communities?
Visit Cornell University's Legal Information Institute to read the full version of the First Amendment which protects freedom of speech. (This annotation contains a link)
Freedom of speech does not take effect when someone is being ___________ online.
CHAPTER 10 Your Digital Citizenship
Which argument is Ivester making about being online?
This is a good cause. Follow this link to visit Kevin's twitter account. Would you consider opening an account like this? (This annotation contains a link)
CHAPTER 11 The Future of Reputations
Peruse AirBnb's webite to learn more about the service then consider whether you think it is dangerous or not. (This annotation contains a link)
How effective are these anecdotes in furthering Ivester's argument about online dangers?