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February 17, 2021 | 7 p.m. | Zoom
Social media extremism has hijacked the global conversation. We face an informational crisis that is radicalizing youth, sowing confusion, and shaking democracy to its core.
For his new book, “Antisocial”—named one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2019– Andrew Marantz spent four years with the two groups who increasingly control the internet: the founders of social media platforms, and the conspiracists, trolls, and white supremacists who use them to advance their toxic agendas.
With clarity, courage, and even humor, Marantz explains how we got into this mess—and how we can get out.
More about Andrew Marantz:
Andrew Marantz has worked at The New Yorker since 2011, first as an editor and then as a writer. He has covered a wide array of subjects, from diversity in comedy to the Truman Show delusion. Ultimately, his main interest lies not in any particular subject but in how people form beliefs, and under what circumstances those beliefs can change for the better. Marantz is also a contributor to Radiolab and The New Yorker Radio Hour, and he has written for Harper’s, Mother Jones, the New York Times, and has been interviewed on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. He holds an undergraduate degree in religion from Brown University and a master’s degree in literary nonfiction from New York University.
Presented by UNCG’s Jewish Studies program in the Religious Studies Department
With generous donations from The Herman and Zelda Bernard Distinguished Professorship in Jewish Studies, the Henry Samuel Levinson Program Endowment for Jewish Studies, the Barbara Colchamiro Endowment, and the Judith Rosenstock Hyman Jewish Studies Program Endowment