It is easy to find arguments that social media are wonderful and that they are horrid: that they will enable new heights of connectivity and creativity or rot our brains. I’ve come to the opinion that while these arguments are interesting, and get a lot of attention, they are of little utility. The technology isn’t going away, nor is our easily distractable monkey-minds. What we need is an understanding of how to use digital communications well. This is the task I’ve set for myself in a new course, Communication in a Digital Age, with the help of Howard Rheingold’s excellent Net Smart: How To Thrive Online.