Q+A discusses the good, the bad and the ugly of social media

We post, we tweet, we like, and we share – but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media?

Tech designers have control over how billions of us think and act, and some of them have started sounding the alarm on their own creations.

Reports show higher social media use is now linked to a decline in mental health.

Political disinformation campaigns on social platforms are on the rise, undermining democracy in some countries.

So how do we stop social media from reprogramming our lives and take back control? Is government regulation the way to go?

How do we retain the positive aspects of connectivity and people power that social media offers?

Joining Hamish Macdonald on the program:

Tristan Harris, Former Google Design Ethicist and star of “The Social Dilemma”
Marc Fennell, Tech Reporter and Author
Julie Inman Grant, eSafety Commissioner
The Inspired Unemployed, Instagram influencers
Sally Rugg, Executive Director, change.org
Jocelyn Brewer, Cyberpsychologist

Read more about our panelists here

Q+A is simulcast LIVE around the country on ABC TV, ABC iview and ABC NEWS on radio.  ABC Australia also broadcasts Q+A into Asia and the Pacific.

Members of the public can:

Register to be part of the Q+A LIVE studio audience at: abc.net.au/qanda

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Q+A is also live streamed on FacebookPeriscopeYouTube and available on the Q+A website.  Viewers can watch the program on Periscope through Twitter while following or joining the Twitter conversation.

*live streaming locally at:

SA 8.05pm; NT 8.05pm; WA 6.35pm

Q+A – Monday 19 October at 9.35pm AEDT* on ABC and iview


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