Third Space

The Third Space for me is the digital world. In particular, how online social networks are impacting traditional undegraduate students. Below are a number of resources I have found or personally utilized online.


Searching: Online Identity Work by Laura Bestler-Wilcox
Project for Pedagogies of Dissent, HGED 615F, Iowa State University





  • 7 Things You Should Know About Facebook, EDUCause.
  • boyd, d. (2008). “Why Youth Social Network Sites: The Role of Networked Publics in Teenage Social Life.” Youth, Identity, and Digital Media. Edited by David Buckingham. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. pp. 119–142. [DOWNLOAD]
  • Center for Digital Futures. (2008). Annual Internet Survey by the Center for the Digital Future Finds Shifting Trends Among Adults About the Benefits and Consequences of Children Going Online. [report highlights]
  • Mitrano, Tracey. (2008). Facebook 2.0. EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 43, no. 2. pp. 72-73. [DOWNLOAD]
  • Oblinger, D.G. & Oblinger, J. L. Eds. (2005). Educating the net generation. EDUCause.
  • Oblinger, D.G. (2003). Boomers, gen-xers, and millennials: Understanding the ‘new students.EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 38, no. 4. pp. 36-47.



(Adapted from Society Online)


  • Berkman Center: Allison Fine on Web Activism == YouTube On April 1, 2008, Allison Fine was the guest speaker at Berkman’s weekly luncheon series. She talked about Social Citizens, young people ages 15-29 who practice a nascent model of civic participation that combines immersion in social causes, idealism, digital fluency.
  • Berkman Center: Clay Shirky on Here Comes Everybody
  • Berkman Center: danah boyd on MyFriends, MySpace == YouTube On June 19, danah boyd participated in the Berkman Luncheon Series to discuss her work and research in the area of social networks. She provided a great historical context to the various sites that have come and gone from the center of Internet activity, as well as some insight into what brought about their successes and failures.  Prior to her presentation she explained, “Publics offer youth a space to engage in cultural identity development. By engaging in public life, youth learn to interpret the cultural signals that surround them and incorporate these cultural elements into their life. For a diverse array of reasons, contemporary youth have limited access to the types of publics with which most adults grew up. As a substitute for these inaccessible publics, networked publics like MySpace and Facebook are emerging to provide contemporary American youth with a necessary site for peer engagement.”
  • Berkman Center: Evolution of Online Communities by Ethan Zuckerman
  • Berkman Center: Reflecting on the Internet with John Perry Barlow == YouTube In the March 1994 issue of Wired, Berkman fellow John Perry Barlow fired a revolutionary shot heard ’round the world. In his essay The Economy of Ideas he announced to the world that everything we know about intellectual property is wrong. Ten years later in 2004, Audio Berkman producer Benjamen Walker speaks with John in a special audio production. The video montage was added in 2008, celebrating Berkman’s 10 year anniversary.