If you want to engage your students in a thoughtful debate about public discourse in the age of Facebook and Twitter, you can of course use the ten or twelve excellent posts that John K. Wilson, Hank Reichman, Michael Berube, and others have made to this blog on the Steven Salaita case.
If you would like to frame the discussion somewhat more broadly, here are some essays, all available online, that might provide a nice mix:
Christenson, Christian. “The Public Professor: Critical Intellectual Discourse in the Age of Social Media.” Christian Christenson—Stockholm University [Personal Bog]. Posted: 22 Nov. 2011. http://chrchristensen.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/the-public-professor-critical-intellectual-discourse-in-the-age-of-social-media/
Daniels, Jessie, and Joe R. Feagin. “The (Coming) Social Media Revolution in the Academy.” Fast Capitalism. Posted: 02 Aug. 2011. http://www.uta.edu/huma/agger/fastcapitalism/8_2/Daniels8_2.html
De Boer, Freddie. “Where Online Social Liberalism Lost the Script.” The Dish: Biased and Balanced. Posted: 21 Aug. 2014. http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2014/08/21/where-online-social-liberalism-lost-the-script/
Drum, Kevin. “The Intersection of Social Liberalism and Social…
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