My Profile of University of Illinois Alumna Nancy Baym

One of the main takeaways from Baym’s research is that, when any transformative technology comes along, there is both the hope that it’s going to fix everything and dystopian fears that it’s going to destroy everything.

“For example, everybody’s convinced that kids today are losing the ability to have conversations, but the empirical evidence just doesn’t support that,” Baym says. “Which isn’t to say [let the kids] plug into all screens and go wild; it’s much more complicated than that.”

Read the whole profile here.

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