A Texas Community College has Banned Myspace
This is going to spark a lot of debate.
What I'm trying to figure out is how much this stuff was using up in bandwidth. Isn't myspace mostly text? I know there's some music involved sometimes, but still.
I guess if it was really taking up that much bandwidth, I understand their point, but still, can't they try to institute a policy instead of banning it out rright?
This is where you start teaching about issues such as bandwidth and how much you're using. Banning never solves the problem. I can pretty much say that all colleges have some kind of ban on alcohol in at least some of the residence halls, but that doesn't stop people from doing it other places. Teaching (even in the form of posters), could go a long way toward helping students understand bandwidth issues which will be important later.
Some ISP's, for example, have limits on how much bandwidth a certain account can use in a given amount of time. There are generally ways to make sure you don't go over that. It's actually an important skill to have.
When I'm at home, for example, I have to be careful how many books I download in a given time. This goes for software etc. You can get better at managing bandwidth use, it takes practice. Isn't there some middle ground?
I understand and respect wanting to have enough resources for academic persuits. That's what we're in college for. But the person is much more than just a student, and recreational persuits can mean that when the student gets back to work, her or his brain is less like mush.
Just my thoughts.