Good news is I got the kinks worked out of the sign-up process and we’re up and running with a few tweaks left.
The bad news is that as I was trying to find some sample web logs created by high school students, I landed on a web circle of teenage girls who were pretty much logging about their lives and offering up scantily clad pictures of themselves. Really surprised me, but I guess it shouldn’t. The couple that I read seemed to be developed by kids with low self-esteem and a host of issues that they talked about in their logs. But what was really impressive was the obvious time, skill and effort that these kids put into their work. Is that a good thing, I wonder? Half of me is impressed by their obvious passion for their logs. The other half is really, really unsettled about what they are doing. It’s self-objectification and probably dangerous in some form as they seem to be telling a good bit about their lives. I guess I just want so much for teenage girls to be wanted for their brains and not for their bodies. And now, as I watch Tess grow up, I so hope that if she ends up having a web space that she defines herself by who she is, what she dreams, what she thinks rather than as a body for men (or women) to evaluate. Arghh. Really tough to think about.