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Why Big Social can't Coexist with Democracy

Why Big Social can't Coexist with Democracy

Show Notes

Technology has changed the way we think and interact with one another, and social media platforms are intentionally engineered to be addictive and manipulative. Those messages are in the documentary "The Social Dilemma," which was created by Jeff Orlowski's filmmaking company Exposure Labs. "Big social," says Orlowski, is transforming our information ecosystem. He tells Vivian Schiller, executive director of Aspen Digital, that an unregulated social media landscape cannot co-exist with a healthy, functioning democracy. Orlowski's team is also behind the climate change films "Chasing Ice" and "Chasing Coral."

This conversation was held in August by the Society of Fellows at the Aspen Institute. The Society of Fellows is a national community of diverse and distinguished leaders who sustain and support the Aspen Institute. Members enjoy unparalleled access to Institute programs and events, including unique experiences with nationally-recognized speakers. Join the Society of Fellows to advance the mission of the Aspen Institute.


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