From Fake News to Facebook: The Problems with the Media in an Age of Political Polarization | Newberry

From Fake News to Facebook: The Problems with the Media in an Age of Political Polarization

Friday, November 17, 2017

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Dr. Catherine May, DePaul University
Full. Waitlist only.
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

In the last decade, the American political system has witnessed growing political and ideological polarization among the American public on a range of issues. Ideological polarization has made compromise unlikely and gridlock commonplace. While there are many factors which have contributed to this climate, political polarization is driven in part by the growing reliance on social media outlets for political information and the mainstream press which dramatizes information to retain profits. While there are many factors which have contributed to this climate, political polarization is driven in part by the growing reliance on social media outlets for political information and the mainstream press which dramatizes information to retain profits. This seminar will address the problem of political polarization, the structural problems of the mainstream media, and some of the implications of social media for American democracy.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 6, 2017. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at rossc@newberry.org.

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.