Can social media help combat racism?

20 Jul, 2020
 
Angelique Nairn
Dr Angelique Nairn, School of Communication Studies

We’ve all seen education campaigns pop up in our social media feeds. Does social media work to change people’s opinions, or does it just reinforce them?

Senior lecturer in the School of Communications Studies, Dr Angelique Nairn, examined how people reacted to anti-racism messages posted to social media as part of the first 'Give Nothing to Racism' campaign run by the Human Rights Commission, fronted by Taika Waititi.

While much of the feedback on social media was positive, it also generated more racist responses. So how best to engage with racism on social media platforms? Listen to Angelique discuss the issue with Kathryn Ryan, as the Commission launches its second campaign – Racism is no joke.

Listen to the interview

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