BBC radio 4 podcast

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Period10 Apr 2017

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleThe Digital Human: Anger
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletBBC radio 4
    Media typeRadio
    Duration/Length/Size30 mins
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionWe seem to be living in a world of polarised opinions giving rise to increasingly angry exchanges on television, print and of course social media. Aleks Krotoski asks how online anger works and is it a symptom or the cause of the problem.

    An enormous Chinese study demonstrated that angry content is the most shared across the web while US researchers have asserted that while we might not be any angrier than in the past we encounter much more angering content than ever before and that anger lingers priming us for the net encounter.

    Aleks makes the comparison with another increasingly congested space that of our roads; an environment where similar mechanisms of anonymity and depersonalisation are at play. She concludes by discussing the social role of anger and why so many groups have begun to rely on it to get their way.
    Producer/AuthorAleks Krotoski
    PersonsAmanda Stephens