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Social Media, Technology, & Cultural Decline

Has smartphone technology changed the way we live and relate to others? Is there a relationship between social media usage and increased suicide rates among teens and preteens? How do images and short video clips affect the way we think about news stories and the world around us? On this program Shane Rosenthal discusses these questions and more with T. David Gordon, who teaches a course on “media ecology” at Grove City College in Pennsylvania.

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In the mid-twentieth century, if we look at who used visual media to manipulate, it was Stalin, Hitler, and the like. That’s why Jacques Elul wrote about political manipulators in his book, Propaganda, during World War II. By the turn of the 20th century, it was the commercial manipulators manipulating us. Likewise, in regards to surveillance, it was government departments like the NSA that we worried about. Now, it is the commercial industry that is effectively surveilling us.

T. David Gordon

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