Conference ‘Around the World: Digital Media in A Post-Truth Era’

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University of Alberta (virtually)
Thursday 4th May 2017, 11 am-12 pm

In collaboration with the Canada's Research Chair on Digital Humanities, the CRIHN organize one of the sessions at the virtual conference "Around the World: Digital Media in a Post-Truth Era", thursday 4th May at 11 am: "Post-truth and Authority".

According to Oxford dictionary, the word of 2016 is Post-truth, defined as a adjective  "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief." The Brexit and Donald Trump's election at the presidence of the United States were the context where the term "Post-Truth" was the most employed, particulary in reference to the circulation of fake news on social media. This was possible, they say, because of the lack of ultimate authority which can assure the validity and the truth in those news. This lack, is it implied by the web's structure? On the web, is that true that there is no authority? What makes authority on the web? What is the truth in Social Media Era? This round table's purpose is to think about this themes, try to have a better comprehension of our era and, maybe, give an answer to those questions.

Chairman of the meeting : Michael Sinatra (Université de Montréal)

  • Marcello Vitali-Rosati (Université de Montréal)
  • Servanne Monjour (Université de Montréal)
  • Enrico Agostini-Marchese (Université de Montréal)
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