According to recent studies, almost 2 billion people were active social media users in 2014. This means that globally almost one in four individuals are using social media. In some sense, this is a great thing. With the proliferation of popular sites such as Facebook and Twitter, we have the ability to connect with people across the world. However, as ubiquitous as social media has become, many cultural theorist argue that the constant presence of technology has driven us farther apart. And so a great debate has arisen that asks: is technology creating new channels to unite society or are we drifting further and further away?
On Tuesday, October 6, 2015, gnovis attempts to tackle this question and answer a few more with our very first student debate! This event looks to synthesize the old and the new, utilizing the classic Oxford-style debate to discuss the decidedly contemporary motion: Technology Will Bring Us Together.
This event promises to be one of our most interactive panels. Because the objective of an Oxford debate is to sway the audience, you will be in control. Upon entering, audience members will be asked whether they agree, disagree, or feel neutrally about the motion through an anonymous vote. During the debate, panelists will open up the floor to field questions from the audience pertaining to the position at hand.
Most importantly, following arguments and rebuttals from both sides, audience members will vote again, this time, for the team that made the most compelling argument and proved their side more effectively. The team that has succeeded in swaying the most voters will be declared the winner.
Arguing in support of the motion are CCT second-year students Paul Beasley, Ellen Falci, and John Hanacek. Taking the negative position will be Hannah Calkins, Linda Huber, and our very own editor-in-chief Isaac Riddle. Merging a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, our panelists hope to enlighten the audience on some of the benefits and limitations of technology in society today. Moderating this lively debate will be CCT professor, Dr. Meg Jones. As an expert in the fields of technology and legal policy, Dr. Jones brings her own knowledge to the event, helping keep both the audience and the debaters on their toes.
We hope that you will join us for this landmark occasion! The event is free of charge and we will provide light refreshments and drinks during and following the debate. The discussion begins at 7:15 pm and will take place in Georgetown’s Car Barn Building—3520 Prospect St NW—in room 315.
We hope to see you there!