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"Breakfast with the Author"

Information Technology, New Media, and Workplace Freedom of Speech

Professor Bruce Barry/Vanderbilt University

Author of: "Speechless: The Erosion of Free Expression in the American Workplace"

Friday, August 24th, 2007

recorded at the NY Chapter of
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Computers,networks, digital media, and information technology have transformedwork and workplaces in major ways, and that includes changing what"freedom of speech" means for American workers. In his new bookSpeechless: The Erosion of Free Expression in the American Workplace,Bruce Barry critically assesses the state of free speech forindividuals on and off the job. Part of his argument and the focus ofthis event is on digital speech how employers struggle with theopportunities and threats in play when employees express themselvesthrough technology and new media. People have access both at work andoff-work to expanding channels for self-expression about things bothrelated and unrelated to their jobs channels that easily read wideaudiences both inside and outside the firm.

Are employersgrowing increasingly apprehensive about the flow of information in newforms and formats they cannot easily control? Do they overreact whenthey treat harmless employee speech through digital channels as athreat to productivity and the firm's success? How much free speechshould workers expected from their employers? How is technologychanging those expectations? At the NY:MIEG event on August 24, BruceBarry will discuss connections between new media, informationtechnology, and employee free speech in a conversation with DorianBenkoil, a digital media business and editorial consultant for TeemingMedia.

Bruce Barry is Professor of Management and Sociology at Vanderbilt University, where he teaches courses on power and influence in organizations,business and society, negotiation, and the sociology of media andtechnology.

His research on behavior at work, including power, conflict,justice, and negotiation, has appeared in many scholarly journals andvolumes. He also writes about business ethics, workplace rights, andpublic policy issues at the intersection of business and society. He isco-author of three books on "Negotiation" (published by McGraw Hill/Irwin) that are used in courses at universities worldwide.

Professor Barry is interviewed by Dorian Benkoil. As editoiral director of mediabistro.com, Dorian oversaw daily operations and strategy for the editorial properties, including paid membership content, blogs, feature stories, and the flagship website. Previously he was the general manager of Fairchild Publications' Internet division, a managing producer at ABC News Digital (home of ABCNEWS.com), and a foreign correspondent, reporter, and editor at The Associated Press and Newsweek to name a few.

for more information about the book: www.speechlessthebook.com.

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Speechless: A conversation with the Author
Bruce Barry, Professor of Management and Sociology at Vanderbilt University, talks about his book Speechless: The Erosion of Free Expression in the American Workplace. Host Dorian Benkoil asks the author about issues of free speech, how it relates to the digital media landscape and some examples of how free expression is being curtailed.

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