Introductory philosophical reflections, "Germs, Genes and GMO's: Has the Power of Social Media Disrupted Scientific Understanding", BU Conference, Division of Emerging Media
Video of talk: https://livestream.com/accounts/3723851/events/5130679/videos/120333872
Citation (published version)J Floyd. 2016. "Introductory Philosophical Reflections, "Germs, Genes and GMO's: Has the Power of Social Media Disrupted Scientific Understanding", BU Conference, Division of Emerging Media." Available online: https://livestream.com/accounts/3723851/events/5130679
Social media have dramatically increased the public’s voice in debates over the social consequences of scientific developments. Millions of heretofore uninvolved citizens have an opportunity to weigh-in on often complex and uncertain scientific questions in ways that are meaningful to themselves and their peers, and that affect the trajectory of debate as well as governmental support and regulations. To what extent has this development changed levels of social media users’ empowerment and participation, and how has it affected scientists who feel its effects? Has the quality of debate and policy outcomes improved? Are there unrecognized personal and professional costs? Do social media enhance or detract from public understanding and the advancement of knowledge? By examining three specific areas—genetic testing by individuals, user behaviors that affect antibiotic resistance and public policy concerning genetically modified organisms (GMOs)—speakers will offer views on these questions. Come hear Piper Below (U of TX Health Science Center at Houston), Kevin Folta (U of Florida), Dominique Broussard (U of Wisconsin), Annie Waldherr (Freie Universität Berlin) and others scientists and scholars share their insights concerning these questions.