Darkness and Light: Impacts of New Media Technologies on Users’ Wellbeing (hosted by Cambridge Digital Humanities)

A CDH seminar talking about new media technologies’ impacts on media users’ wellbeing.




Speaker: Dr. Anan Wan, Assistant Professor in Strategic Communication at Kansas State University, USA

Have you ever watched an Amazon live session to help you make a purchase decision? Do you know someone who can’t stop watching video game live streams on Twitch? Have you ever made an impulsive purchase after seeing your favourite influencer use the product on your social media? These applications of new media technologies have been gaining prevalence in all aspects of people’s lives worldwide.

Meanwhile, they have received increasing criticism for the negative impacts on individual media users. Dr. Anan Wan from Kansas State University, USA, will talk about her research on the “dark side” of these new media technologies’ impacts on media users’ wellbeing. Her talk will cover how two new media technologies – social live streaming and social media influencer marketing – lead to undesirable consequences for media users in China and the USA. In addition, she will discuss how the media industry and policymakers can better protect the common media users, especially adolescents and younger adults, and regulate the major players in the industry.

The seminar Convenor is Susan Qu, Cambridge Digital Humanities Method Fellow, and Digital Rights Governance Expert at Cities Coalition for Digital Rights

About the speaker:

Speaker: Dr. Anan Wan, Assistant Professor in Strategic Communication at Kansas State University, USA

Dr. Anan Wan¬†is an assistant professor of strategic communication in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University, USA. She teaches advertising and international strategic communication courses and advises the school’s collegiate American Advertising Federation (AAF) chapter.

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Jun 09 2022


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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