MTV Might Be Pushing It
I read a recent article on Chattahbox.com that discussed how MTV plans on launching 25 new websites for 25 schools across the nation, MTVU, to serve as a College Campus guide for schools such as University of Texas at Austin, University of Central Florida, Ohio State University, Arizona State University, and University of Maryland College Park. Students from each of the schools will submit information on a daily basis that will keep their website viewers up to date with happenings such as parties, concerts, and much more; and that the idea behind these websites is for students to know what is going on at campus so they don’t miss a thing.
My main concern though is MTV may have the few students who post things on the website and be allowed to see into their lives, but what about other students who aren’t aware the things they attend are being posted online for anyone to see. I’m sure MTV will censor some things, but things that do not get censored can ultimately lead to bad consequences. It seems MTV may be encroaching on other peoples’ privacy while they keep others updated on campus happenings. It seems that MTV, before going any further, should at least alert students as to what will be happening with these websites before beginning them. Although if MTV has already done this, then my hat is off to them.
Of course on the flip side, these websites may prove beneficial to prospective students. Students who can’t pay the campus a visit before considering these schools may be able to get a feel of what campus life is like and whether or not its somewhere they feel they would belong. Allowing for students to see the campus life, and also their parents, could help students make final decisions on what colleges to attend, especially if they are torn between two colleges and do not want a ‘party’ college.
So as long as MTV properly warns students at each of the schools that their personal lives may potentially be placed online for all to see, I think what MTV may be a good thing for students to be able to view. Especially potential students that are unsure as to which college they want to attend.