Title

Social Soul

Defense Date

2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Dean's Office Qatar

First Advisor

Rab McClure

Second Advisor

Thomas Modeen

Third Advisor

Richard Blackwell

Fourth Advisor

Michael Wirtz

Abstract

Twitter has over 313 million users, with 500 million tweets produced each day.

Society’s growing dependence on the internet for self-expression shows no

sign of abating. However, recent research warns that social media perpetuates

loneliness, caused by reduced face-to-face interaction. My thesis analyzes and

demonstrates the important role facial expressions play in a conversation’s

progress, impacting how people process and relate to what is being said. My

work critically assesses communication problems associated with Twitter. By

isolating and documenting expressive facial reactions to a curated selection

of tweets, the exhibition creates a commentary on our contemporary digital

existence, specifically articulating how use of social media limits basic social

interaction.

Rights

© The Author

Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

5-10-2018

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