Experts to Discuss Role of New Media in Midterm Elections

Posted November 4th, 2010 at 2:27 pm.

Bryn Mawr College’s New Media Project will sponsor a panel discussion titled  “New Media in the 2010 Election: What the Hell Just Happened Here?” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, in Room 300 of Dalton Hall.

“The 2010 midterm election has revealed the growing role of new media (the Internet, social-networking technologies) in our political life,” says discussion organizer Carol Hager, a professor of political science.

“What was the power of new media in this contest? How significant were Internet and social media-based organizing in the rise of the Tea Party and insurgent candidates? How did these media affect voter participation and popular perceptions of candidates?” she continues.

Four nationally recognized  experts will address these questions and others at the Nov. 11 event.


  • Duncan Black, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America (blogger Atrios);
  • Will Bunch, Philadelphia Daily News (blogger Attytood);
  • Alexander Heffner, founder, and President, Scoop Media;
  • Professor Matthew Kerbel, Villanova University Political Science Department (author of “Netroots”)

Moderator: Professor Sharon Ullman, Bryn Mawr College History Department

The event is sponsored by the Center for the Social Sciences, New Media Project, the Class of 1902 Lecture Fund, and the Bryn Mawr College  Political Science Department.  Refreshments will be served.

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