Lessons from the Internet, hosted by Dr Crystal Abidin

This class is part of The School of Uncommon Knowledge

The things that young people do with technology are often branded by media panics as narcissistic (i.e. selfies), immoral (i.e. dating apps), or morbid (i.e. death memorials). Yet for all the apparent frivolity, young people are carving out safe, productive, and subversive spaces on the internet through a rich understanding of social media platforms and devices.

What are some innovative variations of mundane practices such as taking selfies, swiping on Tinder, or posting on the wall of the dead?

Let's find out together via lessons from the internet

About Dr Crystal Abidin

Dr Crystal Abidin is an anthropologist and ethnographer who researches internet culture and young people’s relationships with social media, technology, and devices. She is Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology at the National University of Singapore, and Affiliate Researcher with the Media Management and Transformation Centre at Jönköping University. Reach her at wishcrys.com.


All classes in A Home for the Arts run on barter. When registering please select one (or more) of the following that you would like to give in exchange for the class.

  • 20-minutes of conversational time, either in person or via some form of technology (phone, Skype), before the year is up. Attendees will be asked to leave their name and contact number, and sign up for one of three topics:
  1. What do you do on the internet?
  2. What do you do with your romantic partner?
  3. What do you do when a loved one dies?

Friday, 18 November 2016

7pm - 9pm

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