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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Janice Waldron

University of Windsor
Associate Professor of Music Education
social media and music learning, YouTube and music learning, informal music learning practices 2.0, online music communities, on and offline convergent music communities, communities of practice, vernacular musics, Irish traditional music/Celtic-Canadian musics, participatory culture and music learning and teaching, music education, music and lifelong learning, wind band conducting.