Science at Noon: "Reality Lost: Markets of Attention, Misinformation and Manipulation"

20. Dezember 2018, 12:15-13:00 Uhr, Haus der Akademien, Laupenstrasse 7

Prof. Vincent F. Hendriks, Director, Center for Information and Bubble Studies (CIBS), University of Copenhagen

The media is being flooded by populist narratives, fake news, conspiracy theories and make-believe. Misinformation is turning into a challenge for all of us, whether politicians, journalists, or citizens. In the age of information, attention is a prime asset and may be converted into money, power, and influence – sometimes at the cost of facts. The point is to obtain exposure on the air and in print media, and to generate traffic on social media platforms. With information in abundance and attention scarce, the competition is ever fiercer with truth all too often becoming the first victim.

“Reality Lost: Markets of Attention, Misinformation and Manipulation” is an analysis by philosophers Vincent F. Hendricks and Mads Vestergaard of the nuts and bolts of the information market, the attention economy and media eco-system which may pave way to postfactual democracy. Here misleading narratives become the basis for political opinion formation, debate, and legislation. To curb this development and the threat it poses to democratic deliberation, political self-determination and freedom, it is necessary that we first grasp the mechanisms and structural conditions that cause it.

The book is available open access

Science at Noon zum Thema science & policy: Podiumsdiskussion zum Thema "Qualität, Quantität und Erfolg in der Wissenschaft"

15. Januar 2019, 12:15-13:00 Uhr, Haus der Akademien, Laupenstrasse 7, Bern

Science & policy ist eine Zusammenarbeit von a+ und dem SWR

Es diskutieren:

Prof. Matthias Egger

Präsident des Nationalen Forschungsrates des Schweizerischen Nationalfonds SNF
Professor für Epidemiologie und Sozialmedizin, Universität Bern

Prof. Gerd Folkers
Präsident des Schweizerischen Wissenschaftsrates SWR

Prof. Luciana Vaccaro
swissuniversities: Kammer Fachhochschulen und Rektorin der HES-SO


Prof. Antonio Loprieno
Präsident der Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz

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