social media

Algorithms: How Do They Affect Our Daily Lives?

Dec 26, 2018
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  This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (Nov 1); no calls will be taken.

The term "algorithms" is used often in reference to everything from weather predictions to social media feeds. We'll learn what algorithms are, and how they contribute to the information we receive — or don't receive — and whether they are at the root of today's polarized society.

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The term "algorithms" is used often in reference to everything from weather predictions to social media feeds. We'll learn what algorithms are, and how they contribute to the information we receive — or don't receive — and whether they are at the root of today's polarized society.

Politics in the Age of Twitter

Jan 16, 2018
https://rowman.com/isbn/9781498546911

Where once pamphlets were a way for politicians to distribute their ideas, attack political enemies, and reach an audience, today we have Twitter.  We’ll discuss the role of Twitter in current day politics and how it is changing political discourse and impacting social movements. 

Guests:  Judith E. Rosenbaum, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Maine.  Author of Constructing Digital Cultures – Tweets, Trends, Race, and Gender.Brooke Foucault Welles, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and a faculty affiliate of the Network Science Institute and NU Lab for Texts, Maps and Networks at Northeastern University.Craig Freshley, creator of Make Shift Coffee House conversations 

For anyone still wondering if Mark Zuckerberg plans to run for president, today should dispel that myth. It appears that his tour of America — which many speculated is an effort to score political points — was designed to give the 33-year-old CEO a chance to learn about human behavior, in the physical and digital worlds, in order for him to build a better product. He wants to turn Facebook into a place where users form popular groups and hang out together, a lot.

Social Media

Mar 28, 2017

From Facebook and Twitter to Instagram and Snapchat, there are a myriad of social media platforms that can help businesses and individuals communicate.  But which platforms are right for you?  Experts weigh in on how to measure social media engagement and answer questions about the value – and pitfalls – of today’s social media.

Guests:  Clare Kramer, CEO of Geeknation.com, a collaboration of several Hollywood actors, writers, producers and directors to provide quality content.

Fake News

Dec 9, 2016
http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/signe/20161204_Daily_Signe_Cartoon_12_04_16.html

A surge of false news stories circulated during the Presidential election season--some say they influenced the outcome, particularly the fake news on social media. How do we discern what news is valid or unbiased? And how does the way that we consume news today affect what we know?

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How are campaigns and candidates using social media to get their message heard and line up voters and volunteers?  We'll hear from two professors who study social media on how Facebook, Twitter and other social networks are employed in the political process.

Guests:  James Cook, UMaine Augusta sociology professor.  He teaches a course on 'Analyzing Social Media."

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What are social scientists learning from what people share on-line?

Guests: James Cook, UMaine Augusta sociology professor, teaches course on "Analyzing Social Media."
  Jen Golbeck, University of Maryland

Social Media 101

Mar 24, 2015
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Why social media is here to stay and how to make peace with a medium that some find overly intrusive, unruly, sometimes scary, and overall, more trouble than it could possibly be worth.

Tech Talk

Dec 12, 2012

  The latest and greatest high-tech products making their way onto holiday wish lists and the role of social media in everyday life.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by: 

Rich Brooks, President of Flyte New Media

Max Riseman, Product Specialist at Systems Engineering

Amanda O'Brien, Vice President, Hall Internet Marketing