Thought Gallery: Three Virtual Events To Keep You Busy This Week

Consider these recommendations for upcoming virtual talks, readings and more in and around New York City:

The Future of Facebook and Other Social Media Companies
Tuesday, July 28, 6 p.m.
92nd Street Y
Live stream only
www.92y.org
This month, Facebook is enduring a “Stop Hate for Profit” boycott, on top of a series of scandals that run from Russian election interference to the abuse of user privacy. Twitter has its own issues—is it time for regulations, or can these companies be entrusted with setting their own rules? Co-anchor of Squawk Box Andrew Ross Sorkin sits down with Morning Joe regular Mike Barnicle to talk the future of social media ($10).

Bernard-Henri Lévy in Conversation with Thomas Friedman
Wednesday, July 29, 5 p.m.
Temple Emanu-El
Live stream only
www.emanuelnyc.org

Our “epidemic of lies, denial and despair” provides the foundation for the latest book (The Virus in the Age of Madness) by “rock star intellectual” Bernard-Henri Lévy. He’ll discuss our collision of catastrophes and the prospects for democracy with Times columnist Thomas Friedman (free).

Virtual Book Launch: Break ‘Em Up by Zephyr Teachout in Conversation with Astra Taylor
Thursday, July 30, 7 p.m.
powerHouse Arena
Live stream only
www.powerhousearena.com
Monopolies like Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Bayer Monsanto have concentrated power in ways not seen since the Gilded Age. Zephyr Teachout believes that a host of national ills would be remedied by limiting big platform powers. She’ll lay out a way forward for democracy in conversation with Astra Taylor (Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone) as they present Break ‘Em Up: Recovering Our Freedom From Big Ag, Big Tech and Big Money (free).

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