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#WLdebate 2018: The Power of Words: Social Media and Holocaust Discourse

Thu 25 Jan 2018

Time: 6:30pm-8pm

We’re inviting you to attend our fifth annual Social Media Debate at the Library on Thursday, 25 January 2018. As part of our Holocaust Memorial Day event programme, the Library’s Marketing and Social Media Officer, Leah Sidebotham, will lead a discussion based on this year’s HMD theme:

The Power of Words: Social Media and Holocaust Discourse

We’ll be live-tweeting the discussion using the hashtag #WLdebate, so join in the discussion online. We’ll be discussing and responding to the tweets we receive during the debate.

Example questions we will be asking:

  • Does the character length on Twitter (formerly 140, now 280 characters) affect how we talk about the Holocaust?    
  • Do social media platforms do enough to counter the use of racist/antisemitic language?
  • Is social media a suitable substitute for real-life Holocaust advocacy (i.e. how effective is 'clicktivism')?
  • How well do governments and politicians use social media around Holocaust Memorial Day/other days of remembrance? Is a short tweet or status about it enough/sincere? Is it better than nothing?

Refreshments will be served.

Location: The Wiener Library - click for map

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