Drew Benvie • TEDxBristol
How Do We Reboot Social Media?
Social media is one of the most dominant influences on modern society, and it has come out of nowhere. One million harmful accounts are deleted from social media every hour of every day, and this tidal wave of online harms is only just beginning. From being blamed for causing depression, spreading disinformation, for cyber-attacks or celebrity hacks, it’s getting a bad reputation and often seems out of control. But where is it all coming from? How is social media really influencing us? And what can we do to stay safe? Can anything really save social media? Drew Benvie believes we can, and the answers are at our fingertips. His TEDx talk explores both the more troubling elements of life in cyberspace as well as the practical things that we can all do to take back control of our social feeds, protect ourselves from harm, and enjoy a much more enriching and positive time online. Regarded as one of the UK’s most well-respected social media practitioners, Drew’s online life started before the era of social media, as a blogger in the 1990s. He wrote the first page about social media on Wikipedia in 2006. Building his digital presence from his base in Bristol in the 2000s, and more recently as an advisor to global brands and figureheads, he splits his time between the UK and the US, geeking out over social media trends and data, and researching how social media is influencing the world around us. Credits: Our talks and films are produced, filmed and edited by a brilliant team of talented volunteers and pro-bono partners: Directed and Produced by Mel Rodrigues, Creative Director TEDxBristol Production Manager: Clare Crossley Filmed and edited by Floating Harbour: Richard da Costa Reuben Gaines Chessie Sharman Raph Watson Tom Young Ben Scrase Dan O'Connell