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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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Lianna Pisani

Alzheimer Society of Toronto
Programs Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Toronto, Canada Area
I hold a Master of Arts in Communication and Culture from Ryerson and York Universities. My research explores how self-identifying women use selfies through the technologies of smart phones and social media to challenge oppressive political statements and ideologies. I am currently working within the non-profit sector in digital marketing strategy and content creation, and do consulting work with other small businesses. I welcome you to contact me by email at liannapisani@gmail.com or on Twitter at @liannapisani.
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