The American Enterprise Debates
The End of Friendship: Do Social Media Destroy Human Relationships?
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At our next American Enterprise Debate, philosopher and AEI scholar Roger Scruton will make the case that new forms of social media like Facebook and Twitter are doing fundamental damage to the way humans relate to each other and to the social and cultural benefits provided by face-to-face interaction. Tyler Cowen, economist and author of the blog Marginal Revolution, will counter that social media are enhancing human relationships and making us smarter. Adam Keiper, editor of the New Atlantis, will moderate the debate.

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5:15 p.m.

Adam Keiper, New Atlantis


Roger Scruton, AEI

Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution

Adam Keiper, New Atlantis

Wine and Cheese Reception
Speaker Biographies

Roger Scruton
, a visiting scholar at AEI, is a writer, philosopher, and public commentator. He has written widely on political and cultural issues as well as aesthetics, with particular attention to music and architecture. Mr. Scruton is the author of more than thirty books, most recently The Uses of Pessimism (Oxford University Press, 2010).

Adam Keiper is the editor of the New Atlantis, a quarterly journal about the policy, ethical, political, and social implications of modern science and technology. He is also a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a contributing editor to National Affairs and Current.

Tyler Cowen is the Holbert C. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University and director of the Mercatus Center. He is the author of numerous books, including most recently the e-book The Great Stagnation, which the New York Times called the most discussed nonfiction book this year. He cowrites a blog at and writes regularly for popular media.


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