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Programmed in association with the exhibition A Vague Anxiety Dr Kylie Jarrett, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media Studies at Maynooth University, presents a lecture and response, Hater Gonna Hate: The Political Economy of Online Misogyny, that explores contemporary anxieties of the digital age. Working from concepts of identity, sexuality and fundamental shifts in labour practices and the economy, this lecture looks at the rise of online hate, particularly in its gendered form, as a socioeconomic phenomenon.

This re-framing asks us to consider more complex approaches to addressing related anxieties, and draws on two of Jarrett’s books, #NSFW: Sex, Humor and Risk in Social Media, 2019, and Feminism, Labour and Digital Media: The Digital Housewife, 2016. Questioning our assumptions about the many anxieties we attribute to online culture and the place of those practices within economic and political conditions today.


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Dr. Kylie Jarrett is an expert in user experiences of social media, the politics of the commercial Web and gender issues relating to work in digital media industries. As Head of the Department of Media Studies at Maynooth University, she teaches modules related to social media, political economy and the digital mediation of sexual and gender identity. Her key research area is the political economy of digital media and in particular the commercial Web, with an emphasis on digital labour. She has extensively researched commercial platforms, publishing studies of eBay, Facebook and Google. With colleagues Ken Hillis and Michael Petit, she explored the commercial search industry, published in the book Google and the Culture of Search (Routledge, 2013). She is also author of Feminism, Labour and Digital Media: The Digital Housewife (Routledge, 2016), applying Marxist feminist theories of domestic work to understand the practice of consumer labour, and has a forthcoming book with Susanna Paasonen and Ben Light entitled #NSFW: Sex, Humor and Risk in Social Media (MIT Press, 2019). See more details here