On February 4th, 2004, a sophomore at Harvard University by the name of Mark Zuckerberg launched TheFacebook. At the time, the social networking website was limited to only students at Harvard. And while other social networking platforms like MySpace and Friendster predated the launch of Facebook, it was that February day in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that the age of social media was truly born.

 

Today, Facebook has 2.5 billion active users, is available in 111 languages, and is the 4th most trafficked website in the world. And from there, other platforms followed: Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, Pintrest and, most recently, TikTok.

 

While these platforms were launched with a promise of connecting the entire world together in conversation, today they also have a reputation for fostering hate, animosity, vitriol, conspiracy mongering, outrage mobs and a litany of other negative societal impacts.

 

Does social media have to be this way? Or can we be better?

 

In this episode, Daniel Darling, Senior Vice President for Communications at National Religious Broadcasters and author of the new book A Way With Words, discusses the promise of social media, where it went wrong, what our social media habits say about us, and how we can use our online conversations for good.

 

Daniel Darling’s website

 

The Way Home Podcast with Daniel Darling

 

A Way with Words: Using Our Online Conversations for Good – Daniel Darling

 

A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream – Yuval Levin

 

Is social media the source of our social problems? – Dan Hugger

 

How to drain the poison of outrage out of social media – Dan Hugger

 

Religion & Liberty Winter 2020: Social Media

 


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  1. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller
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    The difference of personality online versus offline is not theater. It is a difference of the personal and particular from the abstract and general. Without looking at a face and hearing a voice, people easily become objects of consideration.

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