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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

On The French

A thank you to Charlie DiPinto for this post. Please note that it is an unattributed Internet posting and may or may not be accurate.

Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when
DeGaule decided to pull out of NATO.  DeGaule said he wanted all US
military out of France as soon as possible.

Rusk responded,
"Does that include those who are buried here?"


A U.S. Navy Admiral
was attending a naval conference that included
Admirals from the U.S.., English, Canadian, Australian and French
Navys.  At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large
group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries.
Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a
French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many
languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, "Why is it that
we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than
speaking French?"

Without hesitating,
the American Admiral replied, "Maybe it's because the
Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't
have to speak German."



Robert Whiting,
an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane.
At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport
in his carry on.

have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked

Mr. Whiting
admitted that he had been to France

you should know enough to have your passport ready."

The American said,
"The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."

Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France!"

The American senior
gave the Frenchman a long hard look.  Then he
quietly explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in
1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen
to show a passport to."


Teens Content Manage on Facebook For Privacy; Twitter More Public

According to a recent PewResearch study about teens’ privacy management on social media sites, they share a wide range of information about themselves on social media sites, but few teens embrace a fully public approach to social media. They restrict and prune their profiles, and their patterns of reputation management on social media vary greatly according to their gender and network size.

Teens are cognizant of their online reputations, and take steps to curate the content and appearance of their social media presence. For many teens who were interviewed for this report, Facebook was seen as an extension of offline interactions and the social negotiation and maneuvering inherent to teenage life. “Likes” specifically seem to be a strong proxy for social status, such that teen Facebook users will manipulate their profile and timeline content in order to garner the maximum number of “likes,” and remove photos with too few “likes.”

Among key findings about Teens from the report are:
  • The median teen Facebook user has 300 friends, while the typical teen Twitter user has 79 followers.
  • They have waning enthusiasm for Facebook, disliking the increasing adult presence, people sharing excessively, and stressful “drama,” but they keep using it because participation is an important part of overall teenage socializing.
  • 60% of teen Facebook users keep their profiles private, and most report high levels of confidence in their ability to manage their settings
  • 74% of teen social media users have deleted people from their network or friends list
  • Only 9% say they are “very” concerned about third-party access to their data
A typical teen’s Facebook profile has become a hallmark of teenage life today, and  is quite different from the 2006 version of MySpace. The five different types of personal information measured in both 2006 and 2012 are significantly more likely to be shared by teen social media users on the profile they use most often:
  • 91% post a photo of themselves, up from 79% in 2006
  • 71% post their school name, up from 49%
  • 71% post the city or town where they live, up from 61%
  • 53% post their email address, up from 29%
  • 20% post their cell phone number, up from 2%
And five new questions about the profile Teens use most often found that among teen social media users:
  • 92% post their real name to the profile they use most often
  • 84% post their interests, such as movies, music, or books they like.
  • 82% post their birth date
  • 62% post their relationship status
  • 24% post videos of themselves
Generally speaking, older teen social media users (ages 14-17,) are more likely to share certain types of information on the profile they use most often when compared with younger teens (ages 12-13). Older teens who are social media users more frequently share:
  • Photos of themselves on their profile (94% older teens vs. 82% of younger teens)
  • Their school name (76% vs. 56%)
  • Their relationship status (66% vs. 50%)
  • Their cell phone number (23% vs. 11%)
While boys and girls generally share personal information on social media profiles at the same rates, cell phone numbers are a key exception.  Boys are significantly more likely to share their numbers than girls (26% vs. 14%), a difference that is driven by older boys. Various differences between white and African-American social media-using teens are also significant, with the most notable being the lower likelihood that African-American teens will disclose their real names on a social media profile (95% of white social media-using teens do this vs. 77% of African-American teens).

Twitter draws a far smaller crowd than Facebook for teens, but its use is rising. One in four online teens uses Twitter in some way. While overall use of social networking sites among teens has hovered around 80%, Twitter grew in popularity; 24% of online teens use Twitter, up from 16% in 2011 and 8% the first time this question was included in late 2009. 

While those with Facebook profiles most often choose private settings, Twitter users, by contrast, are much more likely to have a public account.
  • 64% of teens with Twitter accounts say that their tweets are public
  • 12% of teens with Twitter accounts say that they “don’t know” if their tweets are public or private.
  • While boys and girls are equally likely to say their accounts are public, boys (21%) are significantly more likely than girls (5%) to say that they don’t know.
In focus groups, many teens expressed waning enthusiasm for Facebook. They dislike the increasing number of adults on the site, get annoyed when their Facebook friends share inane details, and are drained by the “drama” that they described as happening frequently on the site. The stress of needing to manage their reputation on Facebook also contributes to the lack of enthusiasm. Nevertheless, the site is still where a large amount of socializing takes place, and teens feel they need to stay on Facebook in order to not miss out.

Teen management of their profiles can take a variety of forms – we asked teen social media users about five specific activities that relate to the content they post and found that:
  • 59% have deleted or edited something that they posted in the past.
  • 53% have deleted comments from others on their profile or account.
  • 45% have removed their name from photos that have been tagged to identify them.
  • 31% have deleted or deactivated an entire profile or account.
  • 19% have posted updates, comments, photos, or videos that they later regretted sharing.
Given the size and composition of teens’ networks, friend curation is also an integral part of privacy and reputation management for social media-using teens. The practice of friending, unfriending, and blocking serve as privacy management techniques for controlling who sees what and when. Among teen social media users:
  • Girls are more likely than boys to delete friends from their network (82% vs. 66%) and block people (67% vs. 48%).
  • Unfriending and blocking are equally common among teens of all ages and across all socioeconomic groups
Teens who are somewhat or very concerned that some of the information they share on social network sites might be accessed by third parties like advertisers or businesses without their knowledge, delete comments, untag themselves from photos or content, and deactivate or delete their entire account.  Among teen social media users, those who are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about third party access are more likely to:
  • Delete comments that others have made on their profile (61% vs. 49%)
  • Untag themselves in photos (52% vs. 41%)
  • Delete or deactivate their profile or account (38% vs. 25%)
  • Post updates, comments, photos or videos that they later regret (26% vs. 14%)
In broad measures of online experience, more than half of online teens (57%) say they have decided not to post something online because they were concerned it would reflect badly on them in the future. Teen social media users are more likely than other online teens, who do not use social media, to say they have refrained from sharing content due to reputation concerns (61% vs. 39%).
For more information from Pew, and to access the complete report, please visit here..

Skip the boring parts

Someone I respect told me that my blog had too much union stuff in it. Another person complained that it contains non-union and community information. My response to both is, just like someone who may not be interested in sports reading the paper, skip the sport section. Find what you need and use it. Suggest additional information and sources.

I suggest you do what a 12 year old told me to do while I found her reading a very complex and almost college level novel. "Skip the boring parts."

This blog was begun for my students, who are both union and non-union, advanced and complete beginners, community and professional. It is intended to meet their needs while promoting what I believe in, which is the respect talent is due for what it is we create. In some cases that means pay, or benefits. In others artistic achievement, or simply the joy of being a part of something.

Who am I to judge?

I do encourage my students, when they are ready to be professionals, to take the step of joining the unions and fighting for the right of talent to have a chance of making a living. There are too many out there who use, abuse, take advantage of or undervalue our skills, training and talents.

We invest in our crafts with unpaid hours, classes and education we dig deeply into our pockets to achieve, head shots, demonstration tapes, files and reels, web sites, travel and even voluntary contributions to projects and organizations. We invest. Yet there are others who ask us to keep on giving when they can afford to pay, compensate or provide a return on our investment.

That is why we have unions. To protect us from abuse by those who can afford to share in the burdon as well as the rewards.

I also encourage support of, attendance of and promotion of the arts.

And I believe in arts in education, as a key way of teaching us how to be well rounded, creative and open minded citizens and individuals.

So, take it as you like.

Let me know your feedback.

And one more thing...this election will be over in September.  Until then I feel I must campaign for reelection to the National Board of Screen Actors Guild. I owe it to the membership, since I know the value of my relationships with those who can impact the future of our branch and our membership.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Art Lynch