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2017 #SMSociety Theme: Social Media for Social Good or Evil

Our online behaviour is far from virtual–it extends our offline lives. Much social media research has identified the positive opportunities of using social media; for example, how people use social media to form support groups online, participate in political uprising, raise money for charities, extend teaching and learning outside the classroom, etc. However, mirroring offline experiences, we have also seen social media being used to spread propaganda and misinformation, recruit terrorists, live stream criminal activities, reinforce echo chambers by politicians, and perpetuate hate and oppression (such as racist, sexist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic behaviour).

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Elliot Panek

The University of Alabama
Assistant Professor
I am currently researching the social dynamics of online communities (Reddit, in particular). I also research the relationship between social media use and a variety of psychological factors (e.g., narcissism and self-control), as well as media selection behavior. I'd love to talk about Reddit, natural language processing or any other means by which the content of online discourse can be analyzed, or the new tenure-track position (specializing in digital media research) opening at the University of Alabama!
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