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Kennebunk Free Library

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112 Main Street
Kennebunk, 04043 United States
http://kennebunklibrary.org/kennebunk/

October 2019

The Role of Social Media in the Arab Spring-Kathleen Howard Sutherland speaks at the Kennebunk Free Library

October 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main Street
Kennebunk, 04043 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Kathleen Howard Sutherland at the Kennebunk Free Library on Saturday, October 26 at 2:00 to discuss the role of social media in the Arab Spring. “I am going down on January 25th and will say no to corruption, no to this regime…I, a girl, am going down to Tahrir Square, and I will stand alone. And I’ll hold up a banner. Perhaps people will show some honor.” With this call posted on video, a young Egyptian woman helped spark a remarkable mass uprising, cutting across classes and sectors of the society, against a 30 year old regime in early 2011.  This call illustrated the power of modern technology, in this case social media, to activate a popular uprising against a regime.  Sutherland will be discussing the various forms of media that were used to promote political action on the streets against authoritarian regimes across the Middle…

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November 2019

Fake News: Its Challenges, Consequences, and Rise-presented by Martin Gagnon at the Kennebunk Free Library

November 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main Street
Kennebunk, 04043 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Martin Gagnon, former journalist and current reference librarian, at the Kennebunk Free Library on Wednesday, November 6 at 6:00 pm to discuss Fake News: Its Challenges, Consequences, and Rise. This brief session will provide participants with tips to look critically and analyze both digital, television, and print media resources.  Through videos and slides, the session will examine the history of misinformation and the psychology of irrationality brought about by biases and social forces. This insightful presentation will also examine the role of technology in the creation and spread of “fake news” and suggest helpful resources to verify images and fact check news stories. Gagnon, prior to his work in the public library profession, was a journalist for newspapers in Maine and New Hampshire.  In October 2017, Gagnon and a small team from the Auburn Public Library along with Sun Journal Editor Judith Myers traveled to Chicago…

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