Twelve-year-old Max Lerman has been coming to Chautauqua all of his life, but this summer is different. Now, he’s not only a part of Chautauqua Institution’s physical community, but its social media community as well.
Leslie Mathis, Chautauqua Institution’s digital communication manager, believes that Twitter has the ability to create more new connections within Chautauqua Institution’s community.
Herman Cain has a problem with “emerging citizenship.”
Two months ago, the Princeton sociologist Janet Vertesi tested the limits of digital privacy: she attempted to conceal her pregnancy from the Internet. She told her family and friends not to post about it on social media, used the untraceable Internet browser Tor and set up a new email account on a separate server.
Sharon Duke Estroff saw the increasing prevalence of social media in her children’s lives, but she didn’t quite know all of the pros and cons that came with a digital presence.
Personal discipline regulates privacy. In a technological and global world, citizens judge each other on appearance and an abundance of free speech, available on a variety of platforms. This means the populace must be conscious of what it puts forth, so it can keep some level of control over how much people see of individuals.
Although technological developments have created a more interactive, engaged world than ever before, Luke Timothy Johnson will argue today’s society is much more private than ancient ones — and there are many lessons about privacy to be learned by looking to the past.
Keeping up with the growing number of social media websites can be daunting. It’s now more important than ever to perfect and groom one’s Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Pinterest accounts, among others. This is where Davia Temin comes in.
Robert Putnam may be one of the most renowned social scientists in the United States, but at one time he was a guinea pig in someone else’s social experiment. Mark Zuckerberg used one of Putnam’s classes at Harvard University to beta-test Facebook.
“A kid in my class was a roommate of his,” Putnam said. “If Facebook people had numbers, I’d be ‘006’ or something like that.”
It was Jan. 1, 1863, and Abraham Lincoln was supposed to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. Morning and midday passed, and he still hadn’t signed it. The Rev. Robert M. Franklin, Wednesday’s Interfaith Lecturer, said that slaves and abolitionists across the country began to worry that Lincoln had backed out.
Lincoln had a full schedule that day. He made it to his office to sign the document only after attending a number of New Year’s Day receptions, and then he had to wait for the Proclamation to be rewritten because of a typographical error. But then there was another delay: Lincoln needed time to massage his right arm before he could write a proper signature; he claimed his arm was nearly paralyzed from shaking hands since 9 a.m. that morning.