#Hashtag: Activism, Advertising, and Information WarfareFrenemies: How Social Media Polarizes America
Hashtags like #MeToo are often in the news. But where do hashtags come from, who created them, and why does one hashtag trend while another tanks? This talk provides background for understanding how today's Internet popularity operates and how both celebrities and people behind the scenes try to optimize social media platforms. Dr. Losh is an expert on digital politics, computer literacy, and fake news who brings a traditional humanities perspective to the latest technologies.
Frenemies: How Social Media Polarizes America
Social media have radically changed the way that people communicate with each other about politics. In particular, Facebook interlaces political content into a broader web of information about the lives and values of our social ties. This radical change to the way that people express their political identities, access information, and communicate with each other about politics fosters the development of increasingly negative feelings toward people who hold different political opinions. Facebook users judge other users with whom they disagree to be less politically knowledgeable and to use less reliable news sources.
The Glory and Romance of Our History: The Role of the National Archives in the Digital Age
Mr. Ferriero will discuss the challenges of capturing, preserving and researching digital information for the nation's history.