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What happens when you click the 'share' button in social media? Sharing can help bring people together and make your story more visible. But it doesn't always do this. We need to think carefully about how we share stories so that we build bridges rather than dividing groups of people.
Ruth is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham in the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics. She spends her time teaching and writing about storytelling, especially focusing on the stories that people tell in social media contexts. She has published many books and articles about the language people use when they tell stories, including 'Narratives Online' (2017) and 'Stories and Social Media: Identities and Interaction' (2012).
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx