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The Reliability of News | BIC Streams
A discussion on news in the post truth era with Arvind Rajagopal (Reputed professor of media theory in New York University), Lawrence Liang, (brings in the perspective of philosophy of law as well as cultural studies), Bhasha Singh (brings rich experience of all the joys and travails of reporting in the Hindi heartland of India) moderated by Alpana Kishore (writer and activist).

Ever since mass media evolved in the first half of the 20 th century, our sense of the public realm has been shaped by the news we receive from media institutions. We operate by the assumption that this news is reliable, factually accurate, and the editors and journalists of media institutions can be trusted to uphold high ethical standards, fully aware of the societal impact they have.

This is no longer the case: the intrusion of social media into news dissemination has blurred the very idea of a media institution as the source of news. We are bombarded with more information than we can digest, much of it is misinformation, many media institutions are more overt in their biases, and society is getting increasingly polarised into rigid ideological divisions. Our current era has been termed as ‘post-truth’, and the question of how we can cohere into a democratic public realm has become highly problematic.

What divides news from propaganda? Is the recent increase in visibility of propaganda and fake news a deliberate project or does it ensue from how media has evolved? The discussion will examine these questions and more and reflect on the direction we can move in to make sense of the world in a post-truth era.



Jul 26, 2022 06:30 PM in India

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