Do you post comments online? Blog about your ideas? Tweet your opinion? Perhaps you're a "lurker," listening to, reading and following others who have their say in social media? It's no secret that Twitter, blogs and Facebook have changed the way we communicate, but have they tapped in to our modern pathological need to be "revered"? And, what does it really mean to be "someone" in the Twittersphere?
At a pub in Brisbane, a panel of twittering journos and scientists fess up on their desires, obsessions, and hates of social media and try to unpick the psychology behind our intimate relationship with it. Among the panelists are Dr. Rod Lamberts, a science communications expert from ANU; Andy Gregson, a social networking entrepreneur; and Natasha Mitchell, the presenter of Radio National's "All in the Mind," who's a fervent blogger and Tweeter herself. Leading the conversation is "New Inventors" judge and ABC science broadcaster, Bernie Hobbs.
This event is presented by ABC Cafe Scientific, as part of the Brisbane 'media140' conference.
Andrew Gregson is a social media entrepreneur. He founded Europe's first real-time web conference, "media140," in 2009.
Bernie Hobbs is a science journalist and broadcaster. She is well-known for her regular science reports on ABC Radio and as a judge on the popular ABC TV show, "New Inventors."
Dr. Rod Lamberts is deputy director of the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science at the Australian National University. He has a background in psychology and corporate communication consultancy and has provided advice to organizations including UNESCO, the CSIRO, and to ANU science and research bodies.
Natasha Mitchell is a science broadcaster and presenter of ABC Radio National's "All in the Mind." As host of "All In The Mind" she reaches a wide international audience on ABC Radio National and Radio Australia.
Mitchell graduated from Monash University with a first class honours degree in engineering and partway through a PhD in materials engineering.
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