Online-Talk: ”Happy hour for bubbles, misinformation and fake news: Can we still prevent a postfactual democracy?” with Vincent Hendricks
Almost half of the global population uses social media in their everyday life, the internet is for many the most important source of information. Digital and social media increasingly contribute to the formation of opinions – in an information ecosystem where the consumers‘ attention is the currency and distorted stories, fake news and filter bubbles flourish and therefore more and more shape public discourse. At the expense of our democracy? Our guest Vincent Hendricks is the Director of the Center for Information and Bubble Studies (CIBS) at University of Copenhagen. In his book “Reality Lost – Markets of Attention, Misinformation and Manipulation“ (Free to download) he and Mads Vestergaard describe the development towards a post-factual democracy and name the winners and losers of the new attention economy.
How can we prevent factually misleading narratives forming the basis for political debate, decision, and legislation? How do filter bubbles influence our very own view on reality? Do we have to step outside of our bubbles and if so, how can we? Which mechanisms make us resistant or even immune to facts and what happens to a society that no longer accepts facts? Should it be a duty of huge media platforms to control and if necessary, mark factually wrong postings as Twitter did recently with tweets of US-President Donald Trump? Can our democracy still be saved or is the postfactual age inevitable? Is even a friendly coexistence of democracy and alternative facts possible? We would like to discuss these questions and many more with you and Vincent Hendricks. Henriette Litta, Open Knowledge Foundation Germany, will lead us through the evening and chair the discussion.
Please register online (Link) or by email until November 25th. The access details will be sent at noon on the same day. The event takes place via Zoom, for full functionality join via computer, tablet or smartphone. A participation by phone is only possible with restricted use. Questions can be asked orally or in written form during the event. We are looking forward to your participation.
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