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Happy, Sappy, Creepy: Social Media and Feeling

Happy, Sappy, Creepy: Social Media and Feeling

Online
Subject Area
Course Number
COMM 290 910
Course Code
COMM290910
Course Key
72637
Day(s)
Thursday
Tuesday
Time
1:15pm-3:15pm
1:15pm-3:15pm
Instructor
JABER, HEATHER RADWAN
Primary Program
Course Description
Why does Zoom make you sad? Why does it feel good to troll online? Has digital media desensitized us, or are we more sensitized than ever? In the context of protests against systemic injustice across the world, a global pandemic, and rising inequalities, our relationship with digital media is more complicated than ever. This course discusses call- outs, trolling, leaks, scandals, and activism online through the lens of the emotional, thinking about the pleasure, fear, outrage, disgust, shame, and joy that come with these everyday practices. We’ll also examine the ways that our emotions are monetized, shaping and reshaping the platforms we interact with. By developing a critical eye to the platforms we use to protest, socialize, pay bills, and scroll through on a Sunday night, we’ll also learn about the way that emotion powers university life, the corporate world, and political movements. Throughout the course, we will read articles and engage with media, including podcasts, videos, and other mediums. This course will help students who want to learn about both the theoretical and practical components of social media, whether you are interested in a career in industry, activism, or academia.
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