Family & Lifestyle

How Internet Connects Us, Gift of Failure, Meet the Producers

The Matt Townsend Show
  • Apr 22, 2016 1:00 pm
  • 2:20:33

How We Think the Internet Connects Us (14:40) Ethan Zuckerman is the Director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and a principal research scientist at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on the distribution of attention in mainstream and new media, the use of technology for international development, and the use of new media technologies by activists. With just a single click, we can access almost anything; cat videos, the profiles of former classmates, the best cinnamon roll recipe, or the current political turbulence throughout the world. These are all made possible through the every growing online community. But does all this mean we are truly “connected?” Ethan Zuckerman, author of Digital Cosmopolitans: Why We Think the Internet Connects Us, Why It Doesn't, and How to Rewire It. Ethan Zuckerman shares what he learned researching his book and the work being done to create a truly more connected world. The Gift of Failure (1:01:36) Jessica Lahey is the author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. She is an educator, speaker and writer. She writes biweekly Parent-Teacher Conference advice column for the New York Times and is a contributor to the Atlantic. What do we learn from failure? Jessica Lahey,  suggests that the best parents learn to let go so their children can succeed. Parent Previews: "The Huntsman: Winter's War" (1:47:20) Rod Gustafson from Parent Previews joins the show to review the new movie The Huntsman: Winter's War Meet the Producers: Are Men or Women Better Leaders? (1:55:32) Student producers Liana Tan and Caitlin Thomas share with Dr. Townsend some data the explains who is the better leader, men or women.