Public Lectures and Seminars

‘ Munchausens and Misogyny: Socially Unacceptable Behaviour in Online Communitie

The second in a series of Lightning Talks delivered by researchers in the School as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations. The talks provide a springboard for discussion led by discussant Dr Jurek Kirakowski . All are welcome.

The next SoAP Lightning Talk is titled ‘ Munchausens and Misogyny: Socially Unacceptable Behaviour in Online Communities’. Speakers: Steve Warren and Aideen Lawlor, will explore online communities in relation to the construction of the male identity and false representations of the self (abstracts below). Following the presentations, the discussant, Dr Jurek Kirakowski , will lead a dialogue on the themes and research in the area of human–computer interaction. Munchausen by Internet (MbI) occurs when a person misrepresents themselves online in order falsely occupy the sick or victim role. It is believed that the primary motivation for this behaviour is to receive attention and sympathy. The current study seeks to examine the experiences of members of online forums who have encountered MbI, this study is part of a larger PhD project which ultimately aims to develop a classifier to aid in the detection of MbI. ( Speaker: Aideen Lawlor) /r/TheRedPill is an online community that advertises themselves as a place for ‘discussion of sexual strategy in a culture increasingly lacking a positive identity for men’. In this talk I will explore construction of male identity seen in /r/TheRedPill through their performance of being an 'alpha' - 'holding frame', an adversarial mindset, and self-improvement - and their negative attitudes towards women. ( Speaker: Steve Warren)

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 5pm-6pm
Location: CEC 7 and 8, School of Applied Psychology, Cork Enterprise Centre, North mall, UCC
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Emma Hurley

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