Social Media Debate at the Oxford Union

  • Event Start: 26th January 2017, 8:30pm
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* To ballot for a place at the debate dinner and receptions with the speakers, click here: The ballot will close at 23:59 on Monday 23 January 2017. * "This House Believes Social Media Corrupts Human Interactions" 1.8 billion Facebook users; 1 billion Tinder swipes each day. We’re interacting at breakneck speed through social media but, without face-to-face contact, are we really communicating? While more inter-connected than ever before, we also seem to be more isolated and more superficial. Has social media enhanced friendships and relationships or corrupted them? SPEAKERS Proposition Cherry Healey: Television presenter and commentator on social media’s impact. Healey, best known for her revelatory documentaries on the BBC, confronts critical issues in British culture including body image, sex, and parenting. Emma Gannon: Blogger, author, and podcast host. Gannon’s podcasts cover the impact of the Internet and social media, with topics from ‘Has Social Media Killed Good Conversation?’ to ‘Social Media and the Refugee Crisis’. Opposition Dr Jessica Carbino: Tinder’s Sociologist. Carbino’s position gives her a unique perspective on relationships, technology and decision making in the 21st century. She uses data to share surprising insights on modern love and life. Liam Hackett: Founder and CEO of equality and anti-bullying charity Ditch The Label. Hackett speaks from personal experience on issues surrounding cyberbullying, social media and homophobia.