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Connections: Discussing how to measure authenticity online


How do you measure authenticity online? In this hour, we explore how we present ourselves in various online spaces. What’s real? What’s the true measure of self? What’s performative?

The New Yorker recently explored the rise in “getting real” posts on Instagram, in which so-called “influencers” write self-flagellating posts about the lies they’ve been living, or the inauthentic and forced posts about happy travels and sunsets. But even the “getting real” posts can be inauthentic; they’ve become so popular that there is demand for ostensible authenticity. Who can tell what’s real anymore? Our guests debate it:

  • Elise Miklich, social media specialist, and owner of Light Within Candle Company
  • Emily Hessney Lynch, digital strategist, and founder of Serve Me the Sky Digital
  • Rashad Smith, creative strategist for WLGZ The Beat, and visionary of Power Hour
  • Kate Meyers Emery, manager for digital engagement at the George Eastman Museum, and Finger Lakes wine educator
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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.