Marcus Gilroy-Ware

Marcus Gilroy-Ware

Filling the Void: Emotion, Capitalism and Social Media (Book Launch)

Festival of Ideas/
Tue 16 May 2017

Marcus Gilroy-Ware

Filling the Void: Emotion, Capitalism and Social Media (Book Launch)

Marcus Gilroy-Ware
Tue 16 May 2017,

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?

Jon Dovey, Digital Cultures Research Centre, will be talking to Gilroy-Ware about his book and about the world of digital culture.

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