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Truth and Communication in the Age of Misinformation from Kierkegaard to Social Media

Nov 16, 2018
9:00 am — 5:00 pm
CCC,St. Augustine Hall, 2nd floor, Queens
Registration Required
November 16, 2018 9:00 am

The Institute for International Communication, College of Professional Studies, St. John’s University, NY, USA Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, Italy, and The Maria Grzegorzewska University​, Poland presents the Truth and Communication in the Age of Misinformation from Kierkegaard to Social Media

The evolution of misinformation, although popularized in the press as a unitary political phenomenon under the label of “fake news”, comes with a significant number of changes in the mechanics of truth and epistemology. Computational truth, derived from non-empirical evidence, digital manipulation of multimedia, algorithm-based approaches to selection of evidence and the rise of social knowledge are challenging some of our basic assumptions about evidence and truth that have persisted for over 200 years.

Starting from the inspirational work by Soren Kierkegaard; a renowned philosopher of religion and ethics, and, prescient scholar in communication theory, students are invited to listen to experts from several disciplines to discuss this multidimensional relationship and present their thoughts and research findings.  

Following areas of interest will be explored:

  1. Philosophical explorations of “fake news”
  2. Information Technology, new media and the fabric of misinformation
  3. Journalism and “fake news” consumption
  4. The Economics of “fake news”
  5. Linguistics and the rhetoric framing of “fake news”
  6. Sociology of misinformation

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