The Future of Social Media
Call for papers for special issue of Studia Humanistyczne AGH. Contribution to Humanities guest-edited by Paul Levinson, Fordham University
Social media are at a crisis crossroads here in the United States, and therefore the world. Beginning with the election of Donald Trump to the US Presidency in 2016 and continuing with the fight against the deadly COVID19 pandemic, social media have been blamed for spreading misinformation and outright lies that have, in the case of COVID19, cost numerous human lives. Calls have therefore arisen in the mass media and around the world for government regulation of social media. But such regulation would run contrary to the tradition of a vibrant Internet, in which free expression flourishes. Indeed, such regulation could be a path towards the dissolution of democracy and the rise of fascism.
This special issue of Studia Humanistyczne AGH. Contribution to Humanities looks to explore all sides of this issue, around the world, in social media of any kind, via scholarly, well-researched and reasoned articles, 2000-6000 words in length, written in English. Appropriate topics would include:
· Case studies that examine how disinformation on social media led to loss of life, endangerment of public health, etc.
· Examination of elections in democracies which were adversely affected by disinformation on social media
· Examples of how attempts to control social media backfired or succeeded in countries with authoritarian leadership
· Proposals for moving forward in a way that limits disinformation but respects freedom in social media
Final articles will be due February 15, 2022. Expected publication date will be June 2022.
Please send proposed title, draft abstract, and bio-brief by December 31, 2021 to Levinson.firstname.lastname@example.org
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