We are supposed to be slim, prosperous, happy, extroverted and popular: our culture’s image of the perfect self. But people are suffering under the torture of this impossible fantasy: suicide and depression are on the rise yet brands and social media continue to fuel it. Will Storr (Selfie) talks to Marcus Gilroy-Ware (Filling the Void: Emotion, Capitalism and Social Media), who researches the causes and effect of attention, distraction, communication, engagement and emotional investment and their political consequence. They discuss our obsession with social media and the long term consequences of the selfie generation.Buy tickets
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