Desktop detection: true crime in the age of social media

26 October 2019, 17:00 - 18:00
Cambridge campus

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Chaired by Dr Tanya Horeck, author of the new book, Justice on Demand: True Crime in the Digital Streaming Era (Wayne State University Press, 2019), this panel asks: has social media changed the ways in which audiences engage with true crime? The past decade has seen a steady rise in the mainstream popularity of true crime, with podcasts such as Serial and My Favorite Murder, and Netflix streaming series such as Making a Murderer and Ted Bundy: The Confession Tapes generating tremendous cultural buzz. Binge-listening/watching true crime shows has become the new normal.

Is the shift from ‘armchair detection’ to ‘internet sleuthing’ responsible for the current popularity of the true crime genre? If social media platforms open up new possibilities for us to actively participate in solving crimes, what might be the limits of such participation?

Bringing together academics from film, media studies, and criminology, this panel examines recent true crime programmes and their ties to social media sites such as Twitter. A series of short presentations on the politics of true crime and the rise of internet sleuthing, will be followed by a Q&A.

Event part of Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

Event Details

26 October 2019, 17:00 - 18:00
Cambridge campus
Bookings open on 23 September, please book here.

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