A week rarely goes by without online privacy debates and fears being featured in the news. From Mark Zuckerburg and Facebook testimonies before Congress to Twitter’s promise to outlaw political ads on their platform, a great deal of anxiety is invested in our modern perspectives of online privacy and social media. A new Netflix documentary, The Great Hack, explores these concerns and fears with a look at how social media allowed upheaval in the 2016 US elections, Brexit, and elections in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Even with all the fears and concerns more and more Americans are posting their lives to social media platforms. We either have a failure of judgment or failure of accurate information. In 2005 only 5% of Americans were using a social media platform. By 2011 more than half of Americans were connected via online social media. Today, according to the Pew Research Center that number is more than 70%. Most users are on more than one social media platform. Every demographic’s use of social media is increasing, not decreasing.

If it is so bad and so dangerous, why do we keep using social media? Do we not believe the well-proven arguments of the online privacy debates? Or do we simply not care?

In this podcast episode, JB Shreve is joined by guests Tyrel Dennison, Irwin Williams, and Jonathan Webster to discuss the online privacy debates. Is it as bad as we’re being told or is this simply a transition in the power structures of the media?

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