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Book launch: Filling the Void - Emotion, Capitalism and Social Media.
Tue 16 May 2017, 18:00 – 19:30 BST
FILLING THE VOID
Why is everyone staring at their phones on the train? Why is the internet full of misinformation? Why are depression and anxiety amongst the most treated health conditions? Why do online videos of kittens get so many views?
Filling the Void, a new book by Marcus Gilroy-Ware, addresses these questions head-on with a series of powerful arguments about the age in which we live.
As the planet gets hotter and politics gets weirder, one of the best ways to observe how strange life on Earth is becoming is by looking at social media. Platforms such as Facebook and Instagram have come to be an integral part of the lives of billions of people across the world. But are they simply another source of information and entertainment, or a far more ominous symptom of capitalism’s excesses?
Professor Jon Dovey of the Digital Cultures Research Centre will be talking to Marcus Gilroy-Ware about his book, and about the world of digital culture.
Marcus Gilroy-Ware is a media scholar and researcher who is preoccupied with the spread of ideas over the internet. Legally trained, he has worked at the intersection of technology, politics, culture and communication for 15 years, and is now an associate lecturer at UWE Bristol.” Filling the Void was conceived while Gilroy-Ware trained aspiring journalists on the flow of information across the web, and carefully studied the irrational, intensely human ways in which most people use the web.
Jon Dovey is Professor of Screen Media at UWE Bristol. Jon spent the first 15 years of his working life in video production, as a researcher, editor and producer in documentary and experimental video, co founding original scratch artists Gorilla Tapes in 1984. His current research practices are in Pervasive Media, Documentary Studies, Cultural Value, Creative Citizenship and Knowledge Exchange for Innovation. He launched the Digital Cultures Research Centre at UWE and he was the Director of REACT (a Knowledge Exchange Hub for the Creative Economy which ran between 2012–16)
TICKETS ARE FREE, but must be booked.