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Stephen Wolgast, Speaker

Knight Chair in Audience and Community Engagement for News and professor of the practice of journalism at The University of Kansas

The Promise and Pitfalls of Social Media

Social media arrived with hope and promises. Facebook wants to connect the world, and Twitter’s mission is to let everybody share their ideas instantly. But even the best of ideas have unintended consequences. Social media platforms have become powerful vectors where disinformation can quickly spread. Is social media a boon for free speech, or the greatest threat to it? Do these tools increase the ways we engage with our communities, or separate us from them? This presentation explores both the good aspects and bad outcomes of social media and examines the role each of us plays online.

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