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fake news

Talking about . . . fake newsfake-news.jpg

News and an independent press are a crucial part of a healthy democracy.  The electorate needs good information to make informed decisions.  What are the consequences of having fake news in our news mix?  What is fake news?  Is it possible to identify fake news so that consumers recognize it as such?   Do we have a healthy media culture and if not what would a healthy media culture look like?  

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entertainment and the media

Talking about . . . entertainment and media: created culture or following it?

The role and impact of our larger entertainment and media system has long been a source of lively discussion in America. Since the advent of the radio, then television, then cable, now internet — there have always been groups of people asking questions about what these advances in technology will mean for US life and what, if any, cautions or guidelines should be embraced to ensure their productive use. How do we consume entertainment? And what is the impact that we experience personally or in the community? What are your perspectives on entertainment and media issues?

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media and polarization

Talking about . . . media and polarization

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Over the last 50 years, our media has shifted from major networks and newspapers to specialized sources with specific audiences. In other words, we can ‘shop’ for the news that suits us and limit our exposure to news that we don’t like. We often hear that this results in a culture of polarization we. But is that actually so? In this conversation we explore the world of how politics has become “not to be discussed”, what happens in our relationships with others as a result of having specialized media sources and our lack of common understanding. We also ask for what type of political climate we aspire to…so we can envision it together.

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