September 19, 2008
The Real Impact of Virtual Worlds
How digital culture shapes students' minds
Colleges that try to set limits on students' use of the Internet often misread their motivations and the meaning of online life for them. Much of what we fear when we see kids spending hours online is filtered through our own generational lens. What looks like plagiarism, slander, copyright infringement, and embarrassing public behavior is for many students just creative and social entertainment.
Five key norms of the digital culture