In all the media frenzy around Australias new bad boy Corey Worthington (>230 Google refs so far) -no analysis of the role played by MySpace in promoting Coreys’ lifestyle. In the Phew report on teen use of social media (Dec 2007) the use of these tools is growing rapidly-
64% of online teens ages 12-17 have participated in a wide range of content-creating activities on the internet, up 57% survey at the end of 2004. 39% of online teens share their own artistic creations online, such as artwork, photos, stories, or videos, up from 33% in 2004. 33% create or work on webpages or blogs for others, including those for groups they belong to, friends, or school assignments, basically unchanged from 2004 (32%). 28% have created their own online journal or blog, up from 19% in 2004.27% maintain their own personal webpage, up from 22% in 2004. 26% remix content they find online into their own creations, up from 19% in 2004.
As Chris O’Neil comments – how much of this is being harnessed for classroom practise? Hopefully Corey can convince his teachers of the worth of these tools.