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

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs, MDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to social media. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to social media.
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
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Pro & Con Quotes: Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?