[Hac-announce] Invitation to film showing tomorrow (Friday) night

David E Schafer deschafer at comcast.net
Thu Feb 24 17:36:33 EST 2011


Members and friends of the Humanist Association are cordially invited to 
attend a potluck dinner and film showing tomorrow (Friday, February 25) 
evening, sponsored by the USNH Adult Religious Education committee and 
hosted by David and June Schafer.  The showing will start at 7:00 pm, 
immediately following the potluck supper to begin at 6:30 pm in the USNH 
Social Hall.   A discussion will follow the showing.

The acclaimed film, "The Social Network," is a dramatization of the book The 
Accidental Billionaires, a partially fictionalized account of the creation 
of Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg while a Harvard undergraduate.  As everybody 
knows, the world has not been the same since those events.  Time magazine 
chose Zuckerberg to be its Man of the Year for 2010.  More recently, the 
social network is credited with a major role in the current revolutionary 
unrest in the Arab world.  In honor of the reluctant resignation of Hosni 
Mubarak, at least one Egyptian couple has named their new baby "Facebook."

This phenomenon is just one manifestation of a potential transformation of 
humanity brought about by the ongoing technological revolution in 
"Connectivity."  NYU communications professor Clay Shirky has argued in a 
2010 book about "creativity and generosity in a connected age" that "new 
technology is changing us from consumers to collaborators, unleashing a 
torrent of creative production that will transform our world," and will put 
"our untapped resources of talent and goodwill to use at last."

If you want to learn more, and join in the discussion about the film and 
these changes that have already begun to play a significant role in our 
lives, don't miss this!  Come and bring a friend.  For more details about 
the film and the potluck dinner tomorrow evening at 6:30 call David or June 
Schafer at 281-6232.

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