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Social Media and the Agora: Musings of Civility and Antiquity

February 17 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: Twin Lights I, in the Student Life Center, parking lots 6 or 7

How can we best understand the phenomenon that is “social media”?  According to Elon Musk, the current owner and CEO of Twitter, “Twitter is the digital town square, where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated”. If Mr. Musk is correct in his assertion, then perhaps we ought to reevaluate what it truly means to participate in a public forum of this magnitude. A large part of that reevaluation then requires us to look back at Ancient Greece, where we find a society that also held public discourse in the “town- square” to an equally lofty standard. With any luck, this reflection, taking shape in the form of a lecture, will both raise and answer questions about human nature, civility, politics, and technology. Q&A following lecture.

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Presented by: Bryan Cocchiara, Philosophy Department


February 17
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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