Beyond iCelebrities: Social Networking and Social Activism

Schools of Public Engagement: Communication

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Beyond iCelebrities

Spring 2023

Taught By: Kathleen Sweeney

Section: A

CRN: 3614

Credits: 3

Social networking sites have evolved rapidly over the past ten years, alongside Internet-savvy grassroots organizations like,, the Sunrise Movement, Black Lives Matter and Fridays for Future. The course outlines the changing role of celebrities in promoting social causes and the viral nature of Internet trends. What is the link between virality, hashtag movements and social change? We consider questions about the nature of the "collective generosity" mindset inherent in millennial offerings like Wikipedia, crowdfunding and everyday heroes. How can digital and information networks include the most disenfranchised of global citizens in mapping opportunities for sharing resources? How can the activist potential of the Internet be used to amplify solutions to global warming, poverty, and political injustice?

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Communication (NCOM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: Online - Asynchronous

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:36am 10/2/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Room: 999

Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/17/2023