Sunday: Portola Valley Arts Guild hosting social media forum


The Arts Guild of Portola Valley is taking on a topic that involves the intersection between the arts and social science Sunday (Sept. 29) by sponsoring a series of six presentations on the "Societal Impact of Social Media."

The presenters, including a journalist, a pair of authors, an artist, a psychology scholar, and a Google analyst, will delve into the impact social media has on the way that people think and interact.

• Eric Savitz, an editor and high-tech analyst for Barron's who is the recent author of an article entitled "How Breaking up Google and Facebook Won't Solve the Real Issues Facing Tech" will discuss "The Business of Social Media."

• Maria Minguez Arias, a Spanish author, translator and journalist who "aims to widen the space where literature exists, because in her opinion, it's been way too narrow for way too long," according to a flyer for the event, will address "Grieving in the Digital Age."

• Michael Kosinski, an associate professor at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business who holds a doctorate in psychology, will discuss "The End of Privacy."

• Mary Ioannidis leads privacy and trust product marketing for the Google Assistant division. Ioannidis previously worked at Facebook on a fact-checking program immediately following the 2016 presidential election.

• Tony Perkins, editor of Cryptonite, a media and events brand that covers blockchain, artificial intelligence, and clean technology entrepreneurs, will talk about "The Diffusion of Influencers in Media."

• Kevin Moore, an artist who founded The Space by the Bay, an art venue in Alameda, will discuss "The Instagrammification of Culture."

The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Park James Hotel at 1400 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

Tickets are available online here.


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