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2017 #SMSociety Theme: Social Media for Social Good or Evil

Our online behaviour is far from virtual–it extends our offline lives. Much social media research has identified the positive opportunities of using social media; for example, how people use social media to form support groups online, participate in political uprising, raise money for charities, extend teaching and learning outside the classroom, etc. However, mirroring offline experiences, we have also seen social media being used to spread propaganda and misinformation, recruit terrorists, live stream criminal activities, reinforce echo chambers by politicians, and perpetuate hate and oppression (such as racist, sexist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic behaviour).

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Kim Barbour

University of Adelaide
Lecturer
Adelaide, South Australia
I'm a qual researcher in persona studies,
part of the Saturday afternoon Fishbowl session. I'm interested in identity performance online, online activism, intersectional feminism, cats, and crochet. You can also ask about publishing in the Persona Studies journal, being a post-grad, moving past post-grad, and teaching. If you have a sudden need to escape the crowds and conference, I'm happy to take a walk and either listen to a vent or just hang out in silence.