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PVSC ONE-DAY ZOOM EVENT Tuesday May 11, 2021 4:00 - 5:30 PM ET - From #BlackLivesMatter to #MeToo: Understanding Social Media's Impact on Democracy
PVSC ONE-DAY EVENT on Zoom
TUESDAY MAY 11, 2021 4:00 - 5:00 PM (ET)
From #BlackLivesMatter to #MeToo: Understanding Social Media's Impact on Democracy
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: Almost everyone we know uses these platforms--from politicians to entertainers to the kids next door. But what impact do these sites have on the state of the American democracy?
In this talk, Judith Rosenbaum, Associate Professor of Media Studies and Chair of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine, will address how social media in general, but Twitter in particular, impact the American political landscape. Using case studies such as #BlackLivesMatter, #TakeAKnee, and #BoycottNike, Ms Rosenbaum will discuss the extent to which Twitter functions as a virtual public sphere and sheds light on how the often inflammatory and one-sided discussion on social media platforms can contribute to, as well as detract, from American democracy.
(Event is free for current members of PVSC. Members of other Maine Senior Colleges-call 207-659-1359 or email email@example.com to register.)
Presenter: Judith Rosenbaum
Dr. Judith E. Rosenbaum PhD, (Radboud University Nijmegen) is an Associate Professor in Media Studies and Chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles investigating how people engage with media, including the 2018 book Constructing Digital Cultures: Tweets, Trends, Race, and Gender, and a recently published co-edited volume entitled Twitter, the Public Sphere, and the Chaos of Online Deliberation.