Affective Economy of Media Solidarities

Event date/time: 
Monday, March 25, 2019 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Place: 
E20 Machmer Hall

Please join Department of Comm Visiting Scholar Kaarina Nikunen, who will present her work on media solidarities.

Digital media have opened up possibilities to media productions that promote various forms of solidarity action and draw attention to cases of injustice. The growing presence of activist media and solidarity campaigns point to new emerging forms of mediated solidarity. However, there is no guarantee that expressions of solidarity and compassion will ever find their way to the actual cause and make a difference. The circuits of communicative capitalism on social media tend to create a loop of sharing of solidarity that may appear as connective, yet makes no relevant connections in terms of social change. In this talk, Professor Nikunen will discuss these contradictions of media solidarities in the digital age: the ways in which affective economy shapes media productions of solidarity and social justice in the current data-driven digital media environment. This talk draws from the new book Media Solidarities: Emotions, Power and Justice in the Digital Age (Sage, 2019).

Location: 
240 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003
United States
Event Date: 
Monday, March 25, 2019 - 12:15pm
240 Hicks Way Amherst MA