Caption: Staten Island 2011
Staten Island 2011 

Facebook Drama

From: Radio Rookies
Series: Radio Rookies: Coming Up in 2011
Length: 06:54

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Ok, truthfully, if it weren’t for my mom I’d go wild on Facebook. But my mom would never let that happen. She tells me “You guys think it’s fun and games and all cutesy, cutesy now, but there is going to come a time where it’s going to have an impact on your lives.” - Brianna Fugate

Dsc00635_small 15-year-old Brianna Fugate examines the implications for teenagers when life and socializing increasingly move online.  Much has been made in the media of online bullying, but for Brianna most of what she deals with on Facebook is more run-of-the-mill teenage drama.  Even so, Brianna still often finds herself feeling hurt and confused by interactions on Facebook and she winds up turning to her mother for support.  

Piece Description

15-year-old Brianna Fugate examines the implications for teenagers when life and socializing increasingly move online.  Much has been made in the media of online bullying, but for Brianna most of what she deals with on Facebook is more run-of-the-mill teenage drama.  Even so, Brianna still often finds herself feeling hurt and confused by interactions on Facebook and she winds up turning to her mother for support.  

Broadcast History

WNYC "Morning Edition" June 2011

Transcript

NARRATION: I live for Facebook drama. My addiction started when I was in the 7th grade. My mom banned me from Myspace because she thought kids my age were too wild on there, putting up pictures in their bra and underwear.

BRIANNA: Woah! [laugh]

NARRATION: So she let me join Facebook instead. But pretty soon all my best friends signed up too.

MOM: I might have to re-assess my thinking about you having a Facebook page, especially if you are abusing it.

NARRATION: Ok truthfully, if it weren’t for my mom, I’d go wild on Facebook.

[Soap Opera music]

NARRATION: Welcome to Brianna’s world. But my mom would never let that happen…

MOM: Now you guys think it’s all fun and games and all cutesy, cutesy now but there’s gonna come a time when it’s going to have an impact on your lives.
BRIANNA: Ok…

[Soap Opera music fades out]

NARRATION: My mom is right. I’ve seen people writing, “I got...
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Additional Credits

Veralyn Williams, Producer
Marianne McCune, Editor

Related Website

http://www.wnyc.org/shows/rookies/2011/jun/16/