World Affairs Seminar 2019: The Promise & Perils of Social Media
Social media—its joys, sorrows, and everything in between—is here to stay as an integral part of our everyday lives. It impacts how we think, perceive, and communicate with others on a minute-by-minute basis—and helps shape the face we present to the world. We will address social media head on at the 2019 World Affairs Seminar, discussing ethical dilemmas, issues of privacy, transparency and identity, and the economic and political ramifications. Are we empowering people or fueling the flames of hatred, extremism, and spiraling mental health concerns? From Facebook to Instagram to Twitter, social media continues to evolve and we need to understand its promise and perils to fully harness a technology that can truly make the world a better place.
The following two videos are featurettes from popular the popular television series Black Mirror and The Orville, satirically emphasizing a dystopian future in which citizens take part in a social rating system, similar to many social media platforms used today.
Note: The World Affairs Seminar does not claim to own rights to either video or television series.