Hear Professor Adrienne Christiansen speak in London
- 9:30 PM
Wednesday Jul 11, 2012
UCL campus, Christopher Ingold Building, Ramsey lecture theater, 20 Gordon Street, London
Join alumni in London to hear Professor Adrienne Christiansen discuss social media and US politics. Her talk: Revolutionaries and Republicans: New Social Media's Role in Building Democratic Institutions will also be part of the Macalester Alumni College Summer Session being held in July at Macalester.
From the Arab Spring to Occupy Wallstreet protests, new social media tools like Twitter and Facebook were said to play a powerful role in advancing democratic impulses and institutions. Republican presidential candidates also embraced new online communication tools in their quest to defeat Barack Obama. However, critics like Malcolm Gladwell have argued that new social media only create "weak ties" rather than the strong ones upon which social movements and government institutions rely. Which is it? And who really uses social media? Scholars have answers that may surprise you.
The discussion will be held on the UCL campus, in the Christopher Ingold Building, Ramsey lecture theater.
Attendees are also invited to join the group for Indian food afterward on Drummond street
Find out more about Professor Christiansen online here.
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