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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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Lauren Bagdy

Florida State University
Doctoral Student
Tallahassee, Florida Area
I earned a B.A. in Psychology from Elon University and an M.A. in Education and Human Development in Educational Technology Leadership from The George Washington University. I am currently a doctoral student in the Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies program at Florida State University. At FSU, I teach an educational technology course to pre-service teachers and participate in multiple research projects. My research interests include: identity and community development in online social networks, online learning environments, and informal learning.
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