Coming up on Connections: Thursday, August 9

Aug 9, 2018

First hour: What happens when platforms ban individuals or organizations

Second hour: Summer of Food - Discussing coffee culture in Rochester

Several social media platforms recently banned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars website. YouTube, Apple, and Facebook removed outlets for Jones, saying he violated policies against hate speech and violence. Infowars accused the companies of censorship. The move has sparked a debate about the democratization of voices, and what constitutes as censorship. Our guests weigh in:

  • Scott Malouf, attorney whose work focuses on the intersection between social media and the law
  • Mike Johansson, senior lecturer of communication at RIT and social media consultant with Fixitology

Then in our second hour, our Summer of Food series continues with a conversation about coffee culture. The owners of Joe Bean Coffee Roasters recently announced that the company closing its coffee bar and focusing on roasting. Joe Bean was the first artisan coffee bar in Rochester. Meanwhile, Buffalo was named in a list of the 50 best cities in the U.S. to open a coffee shop. This hour, we discuss what makes a city a coffee city, and how Rochester is shaping up in terms of coffee culture. 

  • Kathy Turiano, founder of Joe Bean Coffee
  • Rory Van Grol, founder of Ugly Duck Coffee
  • Matthew Gridley, founder of Mellow Mug