A sense of belonging. A desire for civility. Both seem necessary for a welcoming and respectful society. But what happens when these ideas backfire?
The debate has been simmering for years: is the online world less “real” than the physical world? It’s a question that is taking on new urgency with growing concern about online harassment and its real-life consequences, especially among young people. Penn State recently suspended a fraternity for allegedly posting nude photos of women on Facebook. Meanwhile parents and educational institutions around the country are debating how to address a controversial, anonymous chat app called Yik Yak. We explore the fading distinction between on and off line.
- Nathan Jurgenson Social media theorist, Contributing Editor for The New Inquiry, Researcher for Snapchat, Graduate student in Sociology at the University of Maryland
- Danielle Citron Lois K. Macht Research Professor of Law, University of Maryland's Francis King Carey School of Law; Author, "Hate Crimes in Cyberspace" (Harvard University Press, 2014)
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