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Dickinson College Computer Science Senior Seminar

Social Media

Overview

In general, we are thinking of discussing:

Readings

Discussion Questions

Post to Moodle a response to at least one of the following questions. You are encouraged to also read and respond to your classmates postings, and to make additional posts adding your own thoughts or raising your own questions for discussion. Your posts will help shape the discussion that we have during the class period.

  1. Are companies responsible for the user’s addiction? Do you believe that there should be some sort of regulation put in place against companies that manage, maintain and deploy media platforms used by the public? If so what would some of those regulations be and why?

  2. When talking about social media algorithms it is often said that companies “sell” user attention at the expense of keeping them inside a filtered bubble that prevents them from exploring other content. How would you say this contributes to the mentality of young people we socialize with today?

  3. Should companies delete posts, ban users who spread extreme/harmful/false information? If yes, what type of information should be banned in your opinion? If not, should algorithms have any either form of regulation? How does the freedom of speech come into play and where can we draw a line?

  4. Have you fallen victim to these algorithms? What psychological or mental effects have you experienced? What apps do you use?