Misinformation (Forum for Philosophy)
26 January, 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Information may be power, but misinformation appears to be usurping the throne. From COVID-19 to QAnon, misinformation is more ubiquitous and more dangerous than ever. But why is it so much more attractive to so many? Are there factors that make misinformation more (or less) likely to be believed? What draws people into the world of conspiracy theories? And if our media environment shoulders much of the blame, can democratic societies do anything to stem the flow of fake news? Our panel considers the world’s misinformation problem, its causes, and some potential solutions.
Lisa Bortolotti, Professor of Philosophy, University of Birmingham
Quassim Cassam, Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick
Cailin O’Connor, Associate Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science, University of California, Irvine
Jonathan Birch, Fellow, Forum for Philosophy & Associate Professor of Philosophy, LSE
This online event is free and open to all. Participation via Zoom will require registration (not yet available), but the discussion can also be viewed on Facebook Live.