Event Title

Through the Digital Looking Glass: The Framing of Black Lives on Social Media

Faculty Advisor

Meghan Burke

Graduation Year

2018

Location

Room E106, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

21-4-2018 10:00 AM

End Date

21-4-2018 11:00 AM

Description

Organizations such as #BlackLivesMatter, partly through the use of social media, have helped to increase public awareness about the value of Black lives in a society that has a complex relationship with people of color. However, research suggests that social media can also desensitize users when they repeatedly encounter violent imagery. Given the wave of police brutality cases and increased sharing of other cases that include images of black deaths, I designed a survey, sent to students at Illinois Wesleyan University, to examine how social media influences racial attitudes. Results suggest that social media does in fact play a role in shaping how users view the victim, reflecting the ways that society generally treats African Americans.

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Through the Digital Looking Glass: The Framing of Black Lives on Social Media

Room E106, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Organizations such as #BlackLivesMatter, partly through the use of social media, have helped to increase public awareness about the value of Black lives in a society that has a complex relationship with people of color. However, research suggests that social media can also desensitize users when they repeatedly encounter violent imagery. Given the wave of police brutality cases and increased sharing of other cases that include images of black deaths, I designed a survey, sent to students at Illinois Wesleyan University, to examine how social media influences racial attitudes. Results suggest that social media does in fact play a role in shaping how users view the victim, reflecting the ways that society generally treats African Americans.