2.3.14: Ten Years Of Facebook And The American Dream

Feb 3, 2014

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Still stuffed from Super Bowl snacks? Well, make some room for birthday cake because Facebook is turning ten. We're celebrating with a roundtable discussion about the decade-old social network. (BYOC- bring your own cake). Then, what happens when parents of two African American boys send their kids to Dalton, a prestigious, and predominantly white school on Manhattan’s upper east side? The social experiment is documented by filmmakers Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster. Listen to the full show and scroll down for more on each segment.

Ten Years of Facebook

  •   Facebook turns ten. Take a moment to let that sink in. Privacy, narcissism and the nature of true friendship continue to be concerns about the social network started by Mark Zuckerberg and friends.  Virginia Prescott, Brady Carlson, and Taylor Quimby say happy birthday to Facebook with a roundtable discussion about the website that changed the way we communicate.

  • In New Dehli, Facebook is being used to enforce traffic laws.

The American Dream

  • Filmmakers Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster decided to document the education of their 5-year-old son, Idris Brewster, along with that of a neighbor, Olawuseun Summers.  To learn more about their documentary American Promise and see the official trailer, click here.

  •  Tierra Jackson had struggled with being homeless, but teachers encouraged her to succeed. John Horn, President of North Lawndale College Preparatory Charter High School, joins her for a conversation with StoryCorps.