Last updated on: 5/5/2016 | Author:

Joseph Dana, MA Biography

Independent freelance journalist
Con to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"

“Social media encourages aggressive discourse. The louder one is on Twitter, for example, the more followers and attention one receives. The more dramatic the update on Facebook, the more ‘likes’ it will get.

Given the brevity of Twitter and its inherent commodification of discourse, deep discussion is discouraged. As such, social media provides the illusion of empowering users when in fact it merely entrenches their views, silos them with like-minded people and encourages rude exchanges with adversaries. The American novelist Jonathan Franzen, known for his critical views on the internet, has called Twitter the ‘ultimate irresponsible medium’ for these reasons.”

“Social Media Increases the Volume, but Not the Debate,” The National, Oct. 18, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Contributor, The Nation, Le Monde Diplomatique, London Review of Books, The National (UAE), Monocle, Al Jazeera English, The Forward, and Mail & Guardian
  • Associate Producer, Home Front: Portraits From Shiekh Jarrah, 2011
  • Contributor, +972 Magazine, 2010-2011
  • MA, Jewish History, Central European University (Hungary)
  • MA, Jewish History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • BA, Jewish History, University of Maryland
  • Twitter handle: @ibnezra
  • Is based in Ramallah in the West Bank
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Pro & Con Quotes: Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?