Book launch of The Social Media Debate

Join editor Devan Rosen, contributing authors Ysabel Gerrard and Francesca Sobande, and moderator Raza Rumi to mine the debates percolating through this book about social media

The Social Media Debate

The Social Media Debate: Unpacking the Social, Psychological, and Cultural Effects of Social Media provides a concise overview of the primary debates surrounding the impact and effects of social media.

From Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to Snapchat and TikTok, social media has become part of our everyday experience.

Its proliferation has ignited serious concerns about the long-term effects of social media on socializing and personal relationships and the impact on well-being and mental health particularly in relation to children and adolescents, as well as issues linked to information and culture such as privacy, misinformation, and manipulation.

Featuring contributions by leading international scholars and established authorities such as Christian Fuchs, Henry Jenkins, Michael A. Stefanone, and Joan Donovan, editor Devan Rosen brings together contemporary research from multiple disciplines in order to provide crucial insight into these debates.


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Roundtable Speakers

Ysabel Gerrard is a Lecturer in Digital Media and Society at the University of Sheffield (UK). She serves as Book Reviews Editor for Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies and Chair of the Digital Culture and Communication section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).

Her writing and research have been featured in venues like Wired, Vice, BBC News, The Guardian and The Telegraph. She serves on Facebook’s Suicide and Self-Injury (SSI) Advisory Committee.  Her research contributions have been featured  in venues like ELLE, The Huffington Post, The Independent, Stylist Magazine and London Evening Standard.

Devan Rosen is Professor of Emerging Media in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. His research focuses on the social uses of new media, social network analysis, and distributed socio-technical systems.

He has developed social and semantic network-analytic theories and methods for the analysis of dynamic social networks in online environments. His research on decentralized self-organizing systems, Flock Theory, has been featured as the basis for several episodes of the hit CBS show Numb3rs. He is the editor of The Social Media Debate: Unpacking the Social, Psychological, and Cultural Effects of Social Media (Routledge, 2022).

Francesa Sobande is a lecturer in Digital Media Studies at Cardiff University, Wales. Her research has been published in the European Journal of Cultural Studies, Consumption Markets and Culture, European Journal of Marketing,  Celebrity Studies,  Television & New Media,  PPR Progressive Review, Communication, Culture & Critique, Journal of Consumer Research, Marketing Theory.

She is the author of The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain (2020),  co-editor of To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe (2019 ), and  co-author with of Black Oot Here: Black Lives in Scotland (forthcoming 2022, Zed/Bloomsbury). She has been featured on Al Jazeera, BBC News, ABC News, CNN, ITV, The Guardian, Quartz, and Times Radio.


Raza Rumi

Raza Ahmad Rumi is a Pakistani policy analyst, journalist and an author. He is Director of the Park Center for Independent Media and teaches in the Journalism department at Ithaca College.  His books include Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani TravelerThe Fractious Path: Pakistan's Democratic TransitionIdentity, Faith, and Conflict; and Being Pakistani:  Society, Culture, and the Arts.  He is also Visiting Faculty at Cornell Institute for Public Affairs.

During 2015-2017, he was a scholar in residence at Ithaca College through the Ithaca City of Asylum Program, where he taught courses in the journalism and writing departments. He has also  taught at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University. He has been a fellow at the New America Foundation, United States Institute of Peace and the National Endowment for Democracy. He is a member of think tank at Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Georgetown University.

Cosponsored by the Park Center for Independent Media

The Social Media Debates book launch is cosponsored by the Park Center for Independent Media.

The Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM), launched in 2008 and funded by a generous endowment from the Park Foundation, is a center for the study of media outlets that create and distribute content outside traditional corporate systems. PCIM's mission is to engage media producers and students in dialogue and action about independent media, especially US-based outlets producing content (across single- or multiple-content platforms) on issues such as equity, social justice, and sustainability.

Cosponsored by the Interactive Film and Media Journal

Interactive Film and Media Journal  is an open-access, peer-reviewed, biannual (twice a year) publication that originated from the Interactive Film and Media  conferences launched in 2013. It is published by the Interactive Film and Media Research Group Lab. The journal focuses on a wide array of works on digital theory, big data, social media, games, virtual reality, and interactivity in film and media through a multidisciplinary approach.