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Outrage Fatigue, Democracy, and Activism


Feb 03 2016


12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

Outrage Fatigue, Democracy, and Activism

Outrage Fatigue, Democracy, and Activism in the Age of Information Overload

Rahaf Harfoush with Negar Mottahedeh

The use of various platforms, memes, games, hashtags and overlays on social media in an ever-escalating response to terrorist attacks, state and police violence in different locations around the world has enabled a global population to jump on the activist wagon and then inevitably fall off it again. What does this mean for the nature of activism and for the possibilities of global democracy today? Join us for an open discussion about these questions with two thinkers whose work explores dynamics of activism and social media, Rahaf Harfoush and Duke faculty Negar Mottahedeh.

Free and open to the public. Light lunch served.


Rahaf Harfoush

Rahaf Harfoush is a Strategist, Digital Anthropologist, and Best-Selling Author who focuses on the intersections between emerging technology, innovation, and digital culture. She is the founder of Red Thread Inc., a boutique consultancy and think tank that supports organizations in transforming digital trends into strategic opportunities. She teaches “Innovation &…...

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Negar Mottahedeh

Duke University

Negar Mottahedeh is Associate Professor in the Program in Literature and in the Women’s Studies Program at Duke University, a cultural critic, and film theorist specializing in interdisciplinary and feminist contributions to the fields of Middle Eastern Studies and Film Studies. She is the author of Displaced Allegories: Post-Revolutionary Iranian…...

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