Blackout Tuesday x Platformization
At Material Girls, we’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of using social media for social change and what those calls imply about the role of social media in our collective imaginations. And so, in the spirit of always historicizing, we recorded this episode to look back on the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020 and, specifically, to an online event known as Blackout Tuesday.
If you were one of the people who posted a black square on your Instagram account — or someone who thought about it but didn't — this episode is for you! Hannah offers some really helpful insight pulling on Jia Tolentino's essay, "The I in Internet," the work of sociologist Irving Goffman, Montreal-based scholar Kelsey Blair and Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein. Together, Hannah and Marcelle dig into what it means that our social media tools, regardless of how they are used, are corporately-owned.
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