Social Media, Round Tables
Connection, Disconnection, & The Construction of Image

Community is the topic of our next theme. Our first video is a Round Table that deals with social media -- perhaps the most prevalent type of community today. But is social media an actual community where people share and relate to each other, or does it, as photographer Barron Claiborne claims, "make people inhumane" and lead to a "false connection"?

Joining Barron on our Round Table was vlogger Franchesca Ramsey, MakeLoveNotPorn's Cindy Gallop, Alexandre Roche, a designer who used to work for Facebook, singer Wynter Gordon, and DJ/Huffington Post blogger DJ Louie XIV.

The opinions on social media were as diverse as our participants. Alexander coined it "a circle jerk," while Franchesca (who "lives on the internet") revealed how discussing being date-raped lead to thousands of supportive emails and pushed one girl to press charges against a man who had raped her. Louie told us that social media allowed him to share big moments with his social media community, like the reelection of Barack Obama. Cindy disclosed her rule of thumb when it comes to communicating digitally, asking, "How would I feel if this turned up on the front page of the New York Post?" Most everyone acknowledged the positives and drawbacks of online communities. As for us, we loved when Wynter said, "It doesn't matter how many followers you have, if you don't do the work in reality, it's not going to happen for you."

Those are our thoughts. Watch our Round Table and tell us yours!

Elisa & Lily

Video edited by John Mattia

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