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Ghosts in Your Feed: Social Media in Horror Films

  • Peabody Essex Museum 161 Essex Street Salem United States (map)

Presented by Alexandra West

As our reliance on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as tools for personal and professional communication grows so does its potential to backfire on us. By taking the mundane and everyday events of our lives and manipulating them to entertain our individual audiences we create new fracture realities and personal narratives which may come back to haunt us. Examining films such as Kairo (2001),  Unfriended (2014),  #Horror (2015), Tragedy Girls (2017), Searching (2018), Cam (2018) Assassination Nation (2018) and Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) among others this lecture will investigate how our need to share can summon our greatest fears.