Family & Lifestyle

Facebook and the Election, Human Equality, Screen Cleaning

The Matt Townsend Show
  • Nov 3, 2017 4:00 pm
  • 2:27:32

Facebook's Effect on the Election (22:20) Shannon McGregor is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas at Austin's School of and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at The University of Utah. Her research interests center on political communication, social media, gender, and public opinion. Facebook’s role during the 2016 presidential election has come under extraordinary scrutiny in recent weeks. Most notably, attention has swirled around a Kremlin-backed troll farm’s purchase of $100,000 worth of ads on the platform during the election cycle. This came on the heels of controversies over the proliferation of "fake news" during the campaign. Shannon McGregor explains how Facebook/social media may have played a role in the election. One Another's Equals: The Basis of Human Equality (1:09:22) Jeremy Waldron teaches legal and political philosophy at NYU School of Law. Until recently, he was also Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at Oxford University (All Souls College). A prolific scholar, Waldron has written extensively on jurisprudence and political theory, including numerous books and articles on theories of rights, constitutionalism, the rule of law, democracy, property, torture, security, homelessness, and the philosophy of international law. He is the author of several books including his most recent One Another’s Equals: The Basis of Human Equality. In our society today, we say that we are all one another’s equals. But what does that really mean? Is it a religious idea, or a human right? Jeremy Waldron explains what equality truly means and why it is so important.  Makena Bauss - Plug-in House (1:31:34) What if you could buy a house for $13,000 and it would talk only one tool to build. Producer Makena Bauss has found a company that has created a house that you can build with a single hex wrench. Screen Cleaning (1:31:34) Jeff Simpson talks about movies and TV helping you find family-friendly options. Today he discusses the downward trend of cable subscriptions with University of Michigan professor Amanda Lotz. Also Rod Gustafson of Parent Previews gives his thoughts on the new Marvel film Thor Ragnarok.