ERIC Number: EJ961361
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
The Secret Life of Your Classmates: Understanding Communication Privacy Management
Nodulman, Jessica A.
Communication Teacher, v25 n4 p218-221 2011
This article presents an activity that combines this popular website, Postsecret.com, with college students' love for the internet, and course content on privacy boundaries and theory, disclosure, communicative control, and privacy rule development. By taking part in this activity, students practice privacy disclosure and are able to examine their peers' disclosure in order to apply the ideas from communication privacy management (CPM) theory (Petronio, 2002). The activity also provides an opportunity for catharsis, creative expression, and a getting-to-know-you ice breaker, as instructors can use it early in the semester. CPM explains how and why individuals manage their private disclosures. The theory highlights the role of communication during private disclosures, explains disclosure as a communicative process rather than as an autonomous act, and proposes a rule-based system for private disclosures. This article aims to introduce and demonstrate the key principles of CPM theory by having students create their own private disclosure message and explore their peers' messages.
Descriptors: College Students, Web Sites, Reputation, Privacy, Communication (Thought Transfer), Self Disclosure (Individuals), Classroom Environment, Creative Activities, Theories, Role, Student Motivation, Course Content, Student Journals, Student Reaction
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