Many people use their voices everyday—to talk to people, to communicate their needs and wants—but the idea of ‘voice’ goes much deeper. Having a voice gives an individual agency and power, and a way to express his or her beliefs. But what happens when that voice is in some way silenced? Meryl Alper, assistant professor of communication studies, found out.
Professor Meryl Alper argues that while technologies that help people communicate are a step in the right direction, they have their own shortcomings. Those technologies, she says, are subject to the same socioeconomic and social inequalities that govern society at large. Alper recently published a book on the topic.