Cary Barbor, host and producer, BookTalk, NYC
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Cary Barbor is a seasoned arts producer, based in NYC, who has worked on such public radio shows as “The Leonard Lopate Show” and “Studio 360.” She hosted her own popular show, also known as “BookTalk,” onSiriusXM. Also a writer of fiction and nonfiction, Cary’s work has been published in New York magazine, Salon, More, and many others.
Facebook as a gateway drug, disconnection heaven, and the serendipity of Twitter.
As with most of my interviews, what you’ll read here is a greatly condensed version of our conversation.
What was your first experience with social media?
“I suppose Facebook was my gateway drug. I dipped my toe in very gingerly to social media. I’m very private, so the thought of broadcasting my intimate thoughts and activities horrified me. It still does. Also, I could foresee how it would be a giant waste of time. But as I got the hang of it, I began to see how it could also be fun and useful.”
What do you like about social media?
“I really like the “in the know” feeling I get from Twitter. There is so much great information to be had on there. I fell in love with Twitter during the Arab Spring. I feel very attached to Egypt — my in-laws live in Cairo and I have visited many times – so I was following that story obsessively. And I was tremendously grateful for the accurate and timely information I got from reporters like Evan Hill (@evanchill) and Ben Wedeman (@bencnn). It truly gave me a picture of what was happening on the ground in Tahrir Square and around the city. The newspaper reports supplied good overviews but there was nothing like the thrill of an instant tweet from someone in the thick of it. The same thing happened after the Boston Marathon Bombing, when the reporter Seth Mnookin (@sethmnookin) happened to be standing in Watertown, tweeting what was going on with the manhunt, right in front of his eyes.” (MORE)