Social Media: A Tool for Secular Humanist and Atheist Conversation

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Social Media: A Tool for Secular Humanist and Atheist Conversation

Time: November 19, 2010 from 7:45pm to 9pm
Location: Robert Ahrens' home.
City/Town: Rockville MD
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Event Type: monthly, discussion, of, dc, atheists, meetup, group!
Organized By: Don Wharton, Robert Ahrens & Gary Berg-Cross
Latest Activity: Nov 8, 2010

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Event Description

This month we will continue the building secular community theme by exploring social media with Gary Berg-Cross leading the discussion. Dr. Berg-Cross is a cognitive psychologist who gave us an excellent presentation on the Psychology of Belief in the September MDC chapter meeting.

Gary Berg-Cross's description follows:

Social Media is a popular new form of dynamic media which allows people to publish their thoughts and interact with others leveraging the Web and its technology. This discussion will introduce and illustrate the evolving mix of technology, sites and practices (blog content creation, twitter dialoging, relationship building etc.) that make up popular parts the “Social Web Network”. Taken as a whole social media and its network is changing relationship styles in several ways from allowing us to connect with many, often previously unknown, people rapidly to forging the feeling of intimacy in online relationships. For good or bad social media can be used to influence opinion via a social media contagion effect (behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs) from those within one’s social network.

Business and traditional communities (e.g BeliefNet) are now leveraging social media but it may also be a powerful tool of the very widely distributed Secular and Atheist community. It may allow development of a vital, virtual, secular community online. Examples of how is Social Media being used in this community will be illustrated and discussed.

Robert Ahrens as usual will be hosting this third Friday of the month meeting. The meeting will start at 8 pm. People may arrive as early as 7:30 so that we can actually start at 8 pm. Please bring a small contribution of food and/or drink to be shared with the group. The home is in Rockville near Viers Mill and Aspen Hill Road. Transport to and from the Twinbrook Metro stop can be arranged if needed.

Mr Ahrens address and phone numbers are not posted here to preserve the privacy of his home. Those details will be emailed the week of the meeting to those who are coming (see note below). Affirmative RSVPs should be posted before 8 pm the prior Thursday to allow time to notify all attendees.

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