From #BlackLivesMatter to #MeToo: Understanding social media’s contribution to democracy
WALDOBORO — The Waldoboro Public Library will host author Judith Rosenbaum, Saturday, Feb. 23, at 1:30 p.m. Rosenbaum will talk about the effect social media has on democracy.
In the past years, social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook have begun to play an inexorable role in American public life, according to Waldoboro Public Library, in a news release. Politicians use social media to reach their constituents and gauge public opinion; activists use these sites to bolster existing and new social movements; and reporters use them to crowdsource information.
More importantly, people of all ages and backgrounds use social media for entertainment, to connect with friends and family, to stay on top of the news, and discuss politics,” said WPL. “Scholars and social commentators alike have raised questions about how well-informed social media platforms leave the average citizen, whether and how these platforms contribute to the polarization of society, and if they allow for much-needed civic dialogue between opposing parties.”
Judith Rosenbaum (assistant professor, University of Maine), author of Constructing digital cultures: Tweets, trends, race, and gender, will answer these questions and more through a discussion of her research into the potential of Twitter to serve as a virtual public sphere.
Rosenbaum will provide insight into how the often inflammatory and one-sided discussion on social media platforms can still contribute to American democracy in a meaningful way.
This program is free and open to the public and was made possible by funding from the Maine Humanities Council.
The Waldoboro Public Library is at 958 Main Street in Waldoboro. FMI, call the library at 832-4484 or visit www.waldoborolibrary.org.