Forum for Civil Discourse
- Monday, April 16, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
- Alkek Library Open Theater, 2nd floor
Where Does Fake News Come From?
Kate Starbird has been studying how fake news is created since 2012, in response to a number of crises, including the Boston Marathon bombing and the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Her results reveal a network of prominent news sites, Twitter personalities, Twitter bots (i.e. non-human actors) and responders, which create a vacuum or truth-bubble around the most inflammatory diction and indictments at the heart of these discussions of current events. After a brief review of Starbird's findings, I propose to discuss the emotional and discursive choices which lead to the creation of such tactics to spread disinformation, and what might be done to stem the tide of incorrect data in the pursuit of a greater measure of social, political, scientific and emotional or personal truth.
Speaker: Wade Martin, MFA Student, Poetry
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