Each fall, Mass Humanities brings a stellar group of scholars, journalists, and public officials together for a series of public conversations examining fundamental aspects of our democratic culture. Past symposia have focused on the Presidency, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Supreme Court, the role of the media in our democracy, military and civic culture in America and the Internet and democracy, economic inequality, and racial conciliation.
What’s New About Fake News?
2:30 – 4:30 PM
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Rabb Auditorium, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, BostonREGISTER
So-called fake news is not a new phenomenon. It’s been around since the beginning of the Republic. And yet there is something different and more insidious going on when we have officials in the highest reaches of our government attempting to delegitimize the mainstream media by labeling stories that run counter to their preferred narratives as “fake news.” Yet there is fake news. Lots of it. Conspiracy theories abound like weeds in the garden and persist despite repeated debunking. What does this tell about ourselves and what are the implications for our democracy?
Jelani Cobb, staff writer for The New Yorker, historian, and professor, Columbia School of Journalism.
Charles Ferguson, political scientist (MIT), Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, and producer – No End In Sight and Inside Job (tentative)
Marnie Shure, managing editor, The Onion
Claire Wardle, strategy and research director, First Draft
Sacha Pheiffer, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, Boston Globe