Saving Face on Facebook (White paper by Dr. Richard F. Gaspar)

Facebook In Western culture, individual privacy is a long established basic right. Many laws have been established that safeguard privacy. Categories defining the parameters of privacy have also been created to protect individuals from unreasonable intrusion. However, for social media users, new businesses and modern consumers of news, the established legal definitions may be inadequate. On Jan. 9, 2010, Mark Zuckerberg announced to a live audience, “People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people” (As cited by Kirkpatrick, 2010). Zuckerberg concluded that online privacy was dead, and so was Facebook’s 2005 privacy policy. Facebook’s privacy policy changes generated thousands of articles, interviews and debates, as well a formal complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC File No. 092 3184, 2011). In November 2011, Facebook settled the charges that it deceived its users, resulting in an additional overhaul of its privacy policy. In the end, the court challenge established that personal privacy is still important and social media companies should establish policies that protect it. However, many users are unaware of the numerous changes that have taken place to the Facebook’s Privacy over the past few years and are still unaware on how to safe guard their personal information and protect privacy.

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Lambert and Stamp

Lambert & Stamp

(Photo: Courtesy of Sundance)

James D. Cooper opted to wait until after the screening before addressing the audience at his Sundance documentary premier.  The film is an audio and visual experience that takes viewers to the opening performances of a teenage band, the High Numbers, who are discovered by the unlikely duo of Kit Lambert and Christopher Stamp. The film provides amazing archival footage of teens  John Entwistle, Rodger Daltrey, Keith Moon,  and Pete Townshend though the lens of aspiring film makers Lambert and Stamp, who searched for months to find a band for their film.

Cooper said he was amazed by the work of the people around him, but it is Cooper’s work as director, producer and conversationalist that is truly amazing. Cooper has created and preserved an important collection of rock history that is a tribute to late Christopher Stamp who died in 2012, bringing to close the duo that worked the gears behind the first decade of The Who.



Fall MMC 2100 Introduction

Central Park New Year’s Eve Run

Hola Students and Friends,

Greetings from Tampa! I am Dr. Richard F. Gaspar, and I am a full Professor at Hillsborough Community College in Ybor City, Florida. I received my Associate of Arts Degree from Hillsborough Community College in 1990. I was selected as the student commencement speaker, and I promised to come back and haunt my professors as their peer in my speech! I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in English in 1992 from the University of Tampa. In 1993, I completed my Master’s Degree in English Education at the University of South Florida and began the doctoral program the following semester. I received my Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in 1997, with an emphasis in reading. After completing my Ph.D., I completed two-post doctorate certificates; one in Developmental Education from Appalachian State University in 2002, and a second in English Composition from University of South Florida in 2005. I have also completed graduate coursework in Journalism from the University of Memphis and the University of Missouri. I am also working on a graduate certificates focusing on Online Course Design from the University of Florida and Journalism from the University of Missouri.

I have served as a newspaper, literary magazine and publications adviser for Hillsborough Community College for the past 11 years. I have also worked on numerous publications as a contributing writer during my college years as both a student and professor. I still continue to serve as a publication judge for the National Council of Teachers of English, as I love to see what trends and work the high school students submit and display. I still write weekly. I also try to publish a few chapters, monographs, and pieces of fiction and non-fiction each year, but with four children (ranging from pre-kindergarten to college); it is becoming more and more of a challenge. I also worked very briefly as a commercial and educational television personality when I was a county and state teacher of the year in the 90s. The pieces keep my family and friends laughing and rolling on the ground when anyone gets a hold of the videos!


Dr. Richard F. Gaspar