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What Goes Viral In A Pandemic

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Guest host Charlie Shelton-Ormond discusses how social media has facilitated an influx in personal connections, activism and misinformation during the pandemic.

In a year of quarantining, our social lives have been mediated by screens more than ever. An uptick in social media activity has yielded a gateway for people to stay connected during the pandemic and has facilitated various forms of activism. Guest host Charlie Shelton-Ormond talks with Alice Marwick, assistant professor of communications at UNC-Chapel Hill, about the cultural and political nuances of social media.

Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC. His fascination for audio storytelling and radio journalism began as a broadcast major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He began his career as a reporter for Carolina Connection, UNC’s student-led radio news show, where Charlie’s work won multiple Hearst Journalism Awards.