The New Instantaneity: How Social Media are Helping us Privilege the (Politically) Correct over the True

Herzogenrath-Amelung, H. 2016. The New Instantaneity: How Social Media are Helping us Privilege the (Politically) Correct over the True. Media, Culture & Society. 38 (7), pp. 1080-1089. doi:10.1177/0163443716664855

TitleThe New Instantaneity: How Social Media are Helping us Privilege the (Politically) Correct over the True
AuthorsHerzogenrath-Amelung, H.
Abstract

The recent sacking of the eminent scientist Tim Hunt from one of the UK’s leading research institutions is only the latest in a series of cases where public individuals have been derided for comments made in jest on social media, with serious consequences for their professional and personal lives. This article discusses the case of Tim Hunt as an example of the extent to which the privileging of the correct over the true which has long pervaded media discourse is taken to the extreme by the instant-response culture of social media. It points to the emergence of a new form of instantaneity enabled by these networked forms of communication that serves to reinforce systemic inaction rather than the change widely associated with these technologies. It draws on philosophy and Critical Theory as useful conceptual frameworks for highlighting the ways in which Twitter & co. increasingly call us to action but crowd out thought, thereby passing over opportunities for real social change.

KeywordsSocial media, Tim Hunt, Twitter, the new instantaneity, Heidegger
JournalMedia, Culture & Society
Journal citation38 (7), pp. 1080-1089
ISSN0163-4437
Year2016
PublisherSage
Accepted author manuscriptComplete text.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/0163443716664855
Publication dates
Published18 Aug 2016
Published online18 Aug 2016

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