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Post-truth politics: Being a savvy news consumer
November 8, 2017 @ 18:30 - 20:00
Ali Cirone, Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Economy, LSE Department of Government
Ben Lyons, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Politics, University of Exeter
Jason Reifler, Professor of Political science, University of Exeter
Thomas Leeper, Associate Professor in Political Behaviour, LSE Department of Government
Do you know how to survive in an era of “post-truth” politics? Can you recognise dodgy statistics when you see them or spot fake news?
This event will provides tips and tricks on how to successfully evaluate political information found on social media or political campaigns. Using examples from the Brexit referendum, recent general elections, and the presidential election in the United States, academic experts will cover topics like fake news, sensational statistics, clickbait headlines and echo chambers on Twitter and Facebook.
The lecture will conclude with drinks, snacks, and a general discussion about how to be a savvy consumer of political information.
This event is part of The ESRC Festival of Social Science, which is a celebration of the social sciences.
This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required, only one ticket per person can be requested. All our events are overticketed so please do arrive early to avoid disappointment and note that a ticket does not guarantee entry to the event. Tickets will be made available via Eventbrite from the 2 November.
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