Evens Foundation
and Partners invite you to
Media Meets Literacy in Sarajevo
Information, disinformation, civic competences.
Exploring the challenges of the rapidly changing media world
Previous conference: MMLW 2015 #MMLS2017
21 & 22 September 2017
Main > Keynote speeches

Megan Boler

Beyond Reason: Emotion and Affect in Post-Truth Information Warfare

This talk provides an overview of crises of truth within the contemporary media landscape, and urges educators to consider the emotional and affective dynamics of news consumption and social media networks. Participatory media culture provides new opportunities for democratic participation and grassroots influence. At the same time, crises of post-truth, partisan polarization, and increasing mistrust of news sources and politicians pose severe challenges to democratic processes. Within the context of infotainment, spectacle, and reliance on social networks for information, educators face dilemmas in preparing citizens to navigate information economies. Of particular concern are the rise of 'computational propaganda' (political bots) and 'algorithmic governance'. This talk outlines new approaches to understanding the affective dimensions of information warfare--the "felt truths" and "deep stories" that underlie citizens' political values and decisions. In conclusion, the presentation urges educators to refuse a return to traditional Enlightenment values that privilege reason and rationality to the exclusion of emotion and affect. Media specialists are invited to develop new understandings of the role of emotion and affect in evaluating journalism, politics, and media literacy.

Evgeny Morozov

Post-Truth as the Ultimate Product of Platform Capitalism

This talk will discuss how the rapid rise of digital platforms like Google and Facebook - which, according to some observers, marks the emergence of "platform capitalism" - affects basic democratic norms and institutions. The particularities of the business model of such platforms - geared towards data extraction and manipulation of users attention - produce subtle but structural effects on how information, including news, propagates and gets shared. This talk will argue that much of the recent hysteria about the crisis of fake news has misidentified the real causes of the problem: while it's undeniable that government manipulation and disinformation is a real phenomenon, it's primarily due to the inherent structure of the data-hungry attention economy behind the digital platforms that "fake news" has become so consequential and problematic.