IMPAKT TV with Doortje Smithuijsen
From influencers to internet addiction: a conversation about our digital behaviour
Location: Online: Planet IMPAKT
On 1 September the philosopher, journalist and documentary producer Doortje Smithuijsen will be our guest at IMPAKT TV. Smithuijsen studies analogue people in their increasingly digitalised environment. She has made documentaries about influencers, child vloggers, and the online cancel culture. For her latest book on digital addiction Iedereen Verslaafd? (‘Everyone Addicted?’) she visited, among other things, clinics and she spoke to psychologists and gaming, porno and Instagram addicts. The book will be published in September by the Dutch publisher De Bezige Bij.
Typical of Smithuijsen’s work is the critical gaze she also regularly turns on herself and her own environment. In this programme we will be talking to her about today’s Internet culture, and also looking at the future. What role do algorithms play in the life of an influencer? How are online hate and attention reflected in offline social relationships? How does the popularity of Instagram, TikTok and YouTube affect the way people now think of themselves, and how sustainable are these platforms? And what digital challenges still lie ahead?
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Doortje Smithuijsen― Speaker
Doortje Smithuijsen (b. 1992) is a philosopher, documentary producer and writer. She has a column in the Dutch daily newspaper Trouw twice a month about digital dilemmas. She also writes regularly for publications including the daily newspaper De Volkskrant and the monthly magazine Vrij Nederland. She has made the documentaries Mijn dochter de vlogger (‘My daughter the vlogger’) and Volg je me nog? (‘Do you still follow me?’) for the Dutch broadcaster VPRO. Her first book Gouden bergen: portret van de digitale generatie (‘Promises, promises: a portrait of the digital generation’, 2020) was shortlisted for the 2021 Brusse Award (for the best Dutch-language journalistic book of the year). Her book Iedereen verslaafd? (‘Everyone addicted?’), an acute and fascinating analysis of the impact of digitalisation, as well as a critical interpretation of present-day society, will be published in September 2022. If addiction is an escape, what are we escaping from?