CIBS Conference: ALEXANDER HEFFNER The Open Mind, PBS (USA)

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ALEXANDER HEFFNER The Open Mind, PBS (USA)
Civility, Truth and the Future of American Democracy

As we reside increasingly in a post-factual and contextual democracy, the body politic is desensitized to fiction. The ubiquitous lies saturating politics today are a pervasive plague on discourse and governance. Social media proliferate clickbait, fake news and filter bubbles. Algorithms polarize information intake.

So what are possible prescriptions to correct this vicious cycle? How does our digital footprint translate into prosocial or antisocial behavior? What is the future of civil dialogue? These questions and the contemporary state of U.S. media and politics will be explored.