Culture and Its Discontents: Outrage Activism
In response to vociferous cultural debates that engulfed the Guggenheim Museum and other U.S. museums with in-person and online protests, the Guggenheim presented “Culture and Its Discontents” (April 6–7, 2018), a two-day public program examining the causes and effects of this growing phenomenon. The program explored the widening ideological divides in the United States, the impact of the digital sphere on public protest, and the role of museums as open spaces for the exchange of ideas.
“Outrage Activism”—a conversation moderated by Brian Lehrer, host of WNYC Radio’s daily call-in program The Brian Lehrer Show—investigated how the digital revolution has changed the nature of popular protest, how online networks mobilize to control debate with tactics such as digital swarming and fake news, and how cultural institutions can reflect upon and mediate those debates. Panelists included Danielle Citron, author of „Hate Crimes in Cyberspace“ and Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law; Molly Crockett, a neuroscientist and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University; and Melissa Ryan, a consultant and digital campaigner who is currently a visiting fellow at Media Matters for America and editor of Ctrl Alt-Right Delete, a weekly newsletter in partnership with Hope Not Hate.