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Emotion Lab is part of a series of experimental design sessions held around the world, each focusing on a different emotion associated with digital life. In this interactive session, participants will explore Schadenfreude. At the industry level, we’ll consider the gleeful takedowns of Facebook or YouTube. At the community level, humiliation from tribal politics to celebrity mug shots. At the personal level, the troubling delight we take in the #fail videos and freakish spectacle.
Come prepared to immerse yourself in the ugly truth and guilty pleasures of internet culture. We’ll map out the dimensions—bad and possibly good—of shadenfreude with an eye toward humanely redesigning the worst offenders.