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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.



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Apr. 24th, 2006 12:03 pm (UTC)
Photos actually eat up a lot of bandwidth, as does music. And for a student on a university server, tracking bandwidth usage can get hard because every site they visit uses bandwidth when those photos come up. Here the issue wasn't one student but thousands, and a lot of students likely are going there for purposes that are borderline addictive. In general, I agree with your points; but I can also see why they did it.
Apr. 24th, 2006 12:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Myspace
I agree with you. But even if I don't know how much bandwidth I'm using exactly, I can estimate. If I download a 5 meg mp3 of Chopin's Nocturn 27, for example, I can estimate that. And I can be responsible enough to avoid downloading audible stuff until after the staff/faculty has gone home and/or students are less active online (yay RSD sleeping issues). It's the idealist in me saying "There's got to be a better way..." Your points are well taken.

Apr. 24th, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Myspace
Sadly, you are probably not the norm... The "problem" is probably kids with a disregard for authority, and they would not have the decency to do what you would do even when presented with good information and reasonable requests... See the comment at the end of the article. To paraphrase roughly, "We pay for the classes. If we pass or fail, it's our business." Not if you interfere with your neighbor's passing or failing--but a lot of people really could care less whetherat impact their behavior has on their neighbor. Many people going to college still haven't made it out of junior high.
Apr. 24th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Myspace
"Many people going to college still haven't made it out of junior high."

You're probably right. I think I'm spoiled at my college because people are so supportive of each other, but this is a different environment. And I have seen junior high behavior from people who should know better before.

I keep forgetting that not everyone grew up with the parents I did who taught me a lot about nettiquette.
Apr. 24th, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Myspace
"I keep forgetting that not everyone grew up with the parents I did who
taught me a lot about nettiquette."

I forget... Are you at a Christian college? It's very easy to forget in an environment like that... The students do tend to be a bit more mature and come from somewhat better homes... Going to a state college would be a major culture shock to you... It was for me, and I was a bit sheltered because I was old enough by then to be out of the dorms.
Apr. 24th, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Myspace
Yeah, it's a private Catholic women's college. I'm not Catholic and they're very liberal, but I'd say the love your neighbor and everyone's your neighbor is emphasized pretty strongly. I think it's even in the mission statement.

The graduate "lives a commitment to the values of justice and care."

So, yeah, I think one could get a scewed view of things...
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