Anger in academic Twitter: Sharing, caring, and getting mad online

Karen Gregory, Sava Saheli Singh

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This article examines two different cases or “events” in Twitter to understand the role that negative emotions play in online discussions of academic labor. As academic labor conditions deteriorate and academics take to online spaces, they do so to critique, connect, and organize. We suggest that negative emotions may play a productive role in raising awareness of labor issues, as well as serving as a site for organizing across academic hierarchies and beyond the university. Additionally, negative emotions may fuel the production of new networks, personal, and professional connections. However, as we show, anger online can also provoke substantive repercussions, both personally and institutionally. We suggest that paying attention to the role that negative emotions play on Twitter can help academics gain a better sense of how to use their digital labor for collective action.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-193
JournaltripleC: Communication, Capitalism and Critique
Issue number1
Early online date26 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2018


  • academic labor
  • Twitter
  • emotion
  • emotional labor
  • academic freedom
  • affective labor
  • adjunct labor
  • anger


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