Antisocial Media
Does Facebook undermine our democracy?

Siva Vaidhyanathan

Author, Antisocial Media

August Bradley

Executive Producer and Host

September 18, 2018 7:00 PM    Young Professionals

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It’s no secret Facebook is on the outs with everyone from regular users to government officials. The social networking site has been at the center of controversies including hate speech in Myanmar, political influence campaigns in the US and potentially dangerous surveillance practices around the world. Despite these major issues (and a $120 billion hit in value), there are no signs that Facebook is going anywhere anytime soon. But is it possible for the social site to return to its roots as a place to connect and share with friends without putting users at risk?

Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of Antisocial Media, will join August Bradley, frontier-tech strategist, to discuss how Facebook is affecting public discourse and democracy, and how users can become more resilient in fighting disinformation and negativity on the platform.

Siva Vaidhyanathan is the Robertson Professor of Media Studies and the Director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. He produces a local public affairs television program and several podcasts, and he directs the publication of Virginia Quarterly Review. A former professional journalist, he has published five previous books on technology, law, and society, including The Googlization of Everything. He has also contributed to publications such as The Nation, Slate, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, BookForum, The New York Times Book Review and The Baffler.

August Bradley is the Executive Producer and Host of MIND & MACHINE, a weekly talk show and podcast with people at the forefront of transformational technologies and futurist ideas. Bradley is a Frontier-Tech Strategist with YearZero, the consulting firm he founded to help companies initiate disruptive tech advantages in their fields before they’re disrupted by others. He is also the Chairman of the Technarte International Conference on Art & Technology held annually in Los Angeles and Bilbao, Spain. He’s an advisor and tech curator for AI LA and Ye Old Futurist Union. Bradley holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Tickets: $15 for members and guests;  $18 for non-members; $20 at-the-door

Networking Reception: 
7:00 pm
Discussion and Q&A: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Refreshments will be served. Business casual attire encouraged. 


Location: 
LA World Affairs Council Headquarters
3535 S. Hayden Ave.
Culver City, CA 90232

Parking: Parking is available in the lot directly outside of 3535 Hayden after 6PM. Street parking is also available on Hayden Ave.

Cancellations must be made by Friday, September 14 at 12:00 pm in order to receive a refund.