By Lottie L. Wathen, Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek LLP
Hi, my name is Lottie and I am a Gen Xer (also known as old-school). For the most part, I am perfectly fine in my old-school world where I still use complete words and proper sentence structure in text messages (excluding of course the obligatory "LOL" that I use far too frequently). As a member of Generation X, I recognize the importance of technology and have seen many changes in the nearly 30 years that I have been a paralegal. While I am pretty comfortable in the technological demands of my job, that comfort starts to wane when technology becomes personal, social, or interactive.
I think I have a pretty good handle on Facebook, but I am clearly a novice when it comes to other types of social media. I am getting better at LinkedIn (although I am sure that I don’t use it to its full potential) and am confident in my ability to retweet something that I encounter in my Twitter feed (I’m still in training as far as creating original “retweet-worthy” posts) and I just recently began using Instagram (I desperately need training here). Despite using all of these forums, I find that because I follow an eclectic group on Twitter I come across absolutely fascinating information on Twitter (it is currently my favorite social media spot and I currently follow 166 accounts comprised of legal peeps, courts, professional associations, authors, professional athletes, museums, schools, charitable organizations, microbrewers, chefs, civic organizations, bloggers, local, national and international news). The following is one of my recent Twitter finds.
Michelle Jones was incarcerated in Indiana for 20 years of a 50 year sentence after being convicted of murdering her 4 year old son (with whom she became pregnant at age 14). While in prison, she obtained her bachelor’s degree and became a paralegal. While still incarcerated, she was part of a small group who did research on the origin of the Indiana Women’s Prison, which led to some very interesting findings. The resulting report was published in an Indiana academic journal and the group won a state historical society award. Ms. Jones is now (following her early release from prison) a PhD student at NYU. I find this a fascinating story to share; I hope you will too.
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