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The Oxford Debates: Is Social Media Ruining our Lives?

Katherine Ormerod and Julian Baggini Chaired by Stephen Law

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

4:00pm

1 hour

Oxford Martin School: Lecture Theatre

£8 - £13.50

Fashion journalist and social media influencer Katherine Ormerod and philosopher Dr Julian Baggini debate whether social media is ruining our lives or a force for good.

Does social media make us better connected, better informed, and far more effective at what we do? Or has social media rewired our behavioural patterns, destroyed our confidence, and shattered our attention spans? Has social media created a pressure cooker of comparison and unreachable levels of perfection, blighting the lives of the young? If so, what can we do about it?

Ormerod is a fashion journalist who has worked at Sunday Times Style, Grazia and Glamour, where she was fashion features editor at large, and author of Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life. She has more than 40,000 followers.

Baggini is the author, co-author or editor of more than 20 books including How The World Thinks, The Virtues of the Table, The Ego Trick, Freedom Regained and The Edge of Reason. He was founding editor of The Philosophers’ Magazine and has written for newspapers and magazines and for the The Institute of Public Policy Research, Demos and Counterpoint.

Discussions are chaired by Dr Stephen Law, philosopher, editor of The Royal Institute of Philosophy Journal Think – Philosophy for Everyone and author of The Philosophy Gym and The Complete Philosophy Files.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden