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Family Action Network (FAN) - Over the Influence: Why Social Media is Toxic for Women and Girls

When: Wednesday, March 20, 2024
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM CT

Where: Online
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Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: FREE

Contact: Julie Deardorff   (847) 467-3147

Group: School of Education and Social Policy

Category: Lectures & Meetings


In Over the Influence: Why Social Media is Toxic for Women and Girls – And How We Can Take It Back, communication professor and CNN Opinion contributor Kara Alaimo, reveals how social media is affecting every aspect of the lives of women, girls, and nonbinary people —from our relationships and our parenting to our physical and mental wellbeing. Over the Influence is a book about what it means to live in the world social media has wrought – whether you’re constantly connected or have deleted your accounts forever. Alaimo shows why you’re likely to get fewer followers if you’re a woman. She demonstrates how fake news is crafted to prey on women’s vulnerabilities. She reveals why so much of the content we find in our feeds is specifically designed to hold us back. And she explains how social media has made the offline world an uglier place for women.

Alaimo will be in conversation with Laura Apperson, an editor who specializes in innovative nonfiction who is spearheading the new nonfiction program at Alcove Press. Previously, Apperson was an editor at St. Martin’s Press and Rockridge Press.

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