Social networks, however we define them, have grown to unimaginable levels. Facebook has more than two billion active users, YouTube, a billion and half. Our need for connections in the modern world has us sharing stories, pictures, and videos with family and friends around the world. But social networks aren’t without their problems. We have serious concerns regarding privacy, fake news, and our ever-shortening attention spans. It can seem that these technologies have made our lives out of control and we don’t know how to fix it. This course will show us how we got here and, with luck, how we might make sense of it all.
GROUP LEADER: Karl Hakkarainen graduated from Amherst College. He is Technology Advisor for WISE. He has taught WISE classes on social networks, learning and technology, law, history, journalism, and music. Karl is Technology Adviser for WISE
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