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Tea & Ethics discussion zeroes in on social media

January 29, 2013

Ethical issues connected with the surge in digital social interaction is the focus of "Tea & Ethics: Trending Now, Ethics and Social Media," on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 4:30 p.m. in the James J. Johnson Auditorium at Coastal Carolina University. Free tea and snacks will be offered prior to the panel discussion at 4 p.m. in the Johnson Auditorium Anteroom. This event is free to attend.

The discussion will cover a range of topics, from concerns about location-based technology to health and privacy issues. Accountability for one's online actions will also be considered in depth. The event will feature a panel discussion with three members of CCU's Department of Communications: Wes Fondren, Corinne Dalelio and Mark Flynn.

Fondren, panel member and associate professor of communications, earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a Ph.D. in communication science (specializing in cognitive psychology) from the University of Alabama. He also earned a master's degree in divinity from Samford University. His studies have focused on the use of technology in the communication process, as well as the psychology of media and its effects.

Dalelio is an assistant professor of communication research and interactive media and society. She earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in communication and information studies from Rutgers University. Her research has focused on online communication and the way people connect and collaborate using current technology.

Flynn is a graduate of Roger Williams University with a bachelor's degree in communications. He earned a master's degree in communication studies from the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D. in media and communications from Bowling Green State University. He is an assistant professor of communication at CCU. His research interests focuses on health issues, including social media sites and health behavior.

Johnson Auditorium is located in the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration.

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