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Facing off over Facebook


A recent article in the Atlantic magazine caused a firestorm of debate over the social network’s ability to connect humankind, suggesting that it is contributing to loneliness of epic proportions. But not everyone “likes” this theory; some argue that Facebook with its almost one billion users is connecting us in new and powerful ways, even spurring for social change. 


  • Eric Klinenberg: Professor of Sociology at New York University and the author of several books, including: Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone.  Klinenberg has also written for the New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR’s This American Life. He can be followed on Twitter at @ericklinenberg


  • Stephen Marche: novelist and author of the Atlantic article: “Is Facebook Making us Lonely?” He writes a monthly column for Esquire called “A Thousand Words About Our Culture.” His articles have also appeared in The New York Times.



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