Troll: someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.
It’s a topic that promises to be eye-opening, occasionally uncomfortable and sometimes amusing. We’ve had some brilliant speakers for the Preston Social and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint. We’re delighted to have Claire Hardaker, lecturer in Linguistics & English Language, whose research ‘centre on aggression, deception, and manipulation in computer-mediated communication (CMC), including phenomena such as flaming, trolling, cyberbullying, and online grooming.’
Claire has been featured on BBC Three, BBC’s Inside Out programme, worked with Panorama , published in the Guardian – the list goes on. In short, she’s perfect for the event and we’re thrilled that she’ll be there.
The evening will take its usual format: doors open at 6.30pm with Claire giving a brief (anywhere between 15/30 mins) presentation on trolling. The floor then opens up for discussion, questions, debate and tweeting (follow #prestonsocial to enjoy – tweets displayed on the Twitterfall). We usually finish discussions at around 8.30pm but this being the Preston Social, we encourage yyou to stick around, meet people, network, and be social.
The Preston Social’s current home is at The Forum on Winckley Street - a beautiful venue with just the right amount of ambience.
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The Preston Social is a discussion hub organised by Blog Preston and 3ManFactory. A range of topical and local issues are discussed at both live events and online using #prestonsocial on Twitter.
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