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Pre-Reunion Seminar in Ithaca: Social Media: What We Don't Know and Should

June 2-5, 2013

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"Privacy is dead, and social media hold the smoking gun," declared Peter Cashmore, CEO of the blog Mashable. Another blogger, Seth Godin, believes that "social media is a basic human need, revealed digitally online. We want to be connected, to make a difference, to matter, to be missed." In our brave new world, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and blogs empower us to express and recreate ourselves endlessly and to communicate with the world from the time we're in utero until after we die. Joy and horror!

Whatever our responses to this technology, we'd do well to attend to Jeffrey Hancock, co-chair of the new Information Science Program and a rising Cornell star. In this seminar he will share research showing how such new and apparently limitless modes of communication shape and influence us. Jeff is especially knowledgeable about the ways we use language in these contexts—in particular for irony and deception In fact, because of his expertise, Jeff advises government agencies about our propensities to lie on line. He will introduce us to this phenomenon and to a wealth of other examples, often counterintuitive, of the effects of online communication on our social, psychological and cognitive abilities.

Jeffrey T. Hancock is an associate professor of communication and chair of the Department of Information Science at Cornell University. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Dalhousie University and is the recipient of the Provost's Award for Distinguished Scholarship and the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

TEDTalk: Jeff Hancock: The future of lying

Program notes

Program fee:$1,050
Double occupancy (Statler):$660
Single supplement (Statler):$383
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Fitness scale:Easy. Walking is generally over level ground for short distances. May require ability to climb stairs or to stand for periods of time.