Last updated on: 4/28/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Stephen Marche, PhD Biography

Title:
Novelist and Columnist for Esquire
Position:
Con to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"
Reasoning:

“Social media – from Facebook to Twitter – have made us more densely networked than ever. Yet for all this connectivity, new research suggests that we have never been lonelier (or more narcissistic) – and that this loneliness is making us mentally and physically ill…

What Facebook has revealed about human nature – and this is not a minor revelation – is that a connection is not the same thing as a bond, and that instant and total connection is no salvation, no ticket to a happier, better world or a more liberated version of humanity. Solitude used to be good for self-reflection and self-reinvention. But now we are left thinking about who we are all the time, without ever really thinking about who we are. Facebook denies us a pleasure whose profundity we had underestimated: the chance to forget about ourselves for a while, the chance to disconnect.”

“Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?,” Atlantic, May 2012

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Novelist
  • Monthly Columnist, Esquire
  • Opinion writer, Atlantic Monthly, New York Times Magazine, New Republic, Salon.com, Globe and Mail, and Toronto Star
  • Former Professor of Renaissance Drama, City College of New York
Education:
  • PhD, Early Modern Drama, University of Toronto (Canada), 2005
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @StephenMarche
  • Is represented by Janklow and Nesbit Associates
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?