Dahlia Schweitzer & Siva Vaidhyanathan

July 14, 2019

Movies and television shows about outbreaks of contagious diseases and plagues of zombies are common. But why are these stories so popular? On this Episode of Inquiry, we talk with DAHLIA SCHWEITZER, an adjunct professor at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Her new book unearths the “outbreak narrative” : GOING VIRAL: ZOMBIES, VIRUSES, AND THE END OF THE WORLD.

Did Facebook help Trump get elected? Facebook may seem an innocent way to pass some time, but tonight’s guest on Inquiry declares Facebook: “too big to govern, and we are victims of its success.” Facebook is great at motivation but it’s terrible for deliberating, which is the cornerstone of all democracies. On this Episode of Inquiry, we talk with SIVA VAIDHYANATHAN. He is the Robertson Professor of Media Studies and Director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. His new book is: ANTI-SOCIAL MEDIA: HOW FACEBOOK DISCONNECTS US AND UNDERMINES DEMOCRACY.

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