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The Power of Social Networking (2009)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-05-27

Duration: 00:56:50

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Internet | Online social networks | Social media | Technology | Education | Internet -- Security measures | Internet fraud | Privacy, Right of | Internet marketing | Facebook (Electronic resource) | Twitter | Second Life (Web site) | Interpersonal relations | Political participation


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Bush, Charles Photographer
  • Crews, Keith Photographer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Fourrier, Clay Photographer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Fontenot, Jodie Director
  • LaFleur, Donna Director
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Williams, Autumn Interviewee
  • Chaney, Paul Interviewee
  • Alexander, Taylor Interviewee
  • Hilbun, Joel Interviewee
  • Picard, Derrick Interviewee
  • Ford, Monica Interviewee
  • Wu Song, Felicia Interviewee
  • Craft, Deborah Speaker
  • Barfield, Marilyn Speaker
  • Bennett, Ben Speaker
  • Cretini, Eric Speaker
  • Holmes, David Speaker
  • Cheramie, Chris Speaker
  • Maverick, Anne Speaker
  • Guzman, Dawn Speaker
  • Brown, Julia Speaker
  • Bourghs, Joseph Speaker
  • Batson, Andy Speaker
  • Fakouri, Patricia Speaker
  • L'Herisson, Sandra Speaker
  • Whittenberg, Dan Speaker
  • Joseph, Mary Speaker
  • Xenos, Michael Panelist
  • Breaux, Whitney Panelist
  • Abshire, Sheryl Panelist
  • Schwarz, Andrew Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from May 27, 2009, features a discussion between the panelists and audience members on the impact of the Internet and social media on society. The panelists are: Dr. Michael Xenos, Associate Professor at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication; Whitney Breaux, Blogger and Political Campaigner; Dr. Sheryl Abshire, Technology Coordinator for the Calcasieu Parish School District; and Dr. Andrew Schwarz, Associate Professor at the LSU College of Business. They discussed: why people use social networking sites; the trustworthiness of information on the Internet; the effect of social media on people’s personal interactions and their privacy; the impact of the Internet and social media in the areas of education, political engagement, and marketing; and the importance of Internet security. Host: Beth CourtneyHost: Craig Freeman