Fixing the Social Media Machine

A Conversation with Professor Siva Vaidhyanathan

 

Co-Sponsored by the Initiative in Ethics and Transformative Technologies

 

Date: January 27, 2022

 

Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy (Oxford, 2018) and Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia, discussed the problems caused by social media and explore potential solutions to these issues. The discussion was hosted by the Center's Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of Communication and Media Caitlin Ring Carlson.

 

Siva Vaidhyanathan is the Robertson Professor of Media Studies and director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2018), Intellectual Property: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2017), and The Googlization of Everything -- and Why We Should Worry (University of California Press, 2011). He is a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities and a Faculty Associate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He was born and raised in Buffalo, New York and resides in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Siva Vaidhayanathan

Author of Antisocial Media:
How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy
 (Oxford, 2018)
Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia

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Caitlin Ring Carlson

Author of Hate Speech (MIT, 2020)
Associate Professor of Communication and Media, Seattle University

 

Virtual Conversation with Professor Siva Vaidhyanathan