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Truth and Consequences: Fake News, Filter Bubbles and Democracy

WVU Festival of Ideas: Truth and Consequences:

Fake News, Filter Bubbles and Democracy 

February 22, 2017 Festival of Ideas

Panelist discussion on fake news, filter bubbles and democracy. 
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Panel Discussion

Join our panel discussion Wednesday, February 22, 2017 
7:00 p.m. | WVU Mountainlair Ballrooms
Event will be live streamed HERE

Fake news is nothing new, but the anonymity of the social web has allowed it to spread faster and farther than ever before.  At the same time, people are seeking and sharing information that reinforces their political views, added by algorithms that targets stories directly to them. The end result is a public that is finding it harder to discern fact from fiction, and a nation further divided.


Our panel of journalists and thought leaders will share strategies on how you too can fight fake news and access factual information from all points of view. 

Moderated by WVU Teaching Professor Emily Corio.

This event is co-sponsored by the David C. Hardesty Jr. Festival of Ideas and the WVU Reed College of Media. 

All Festival of Ideas lectures are free and open to the public.

Sponsored in part by the Ogden Newspapers Seminar Series and WVU Libraries.

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David Mikkelson

Mickkelson founded in 1995, based on his interest in researching urban legends.

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Paige Lavender

Paige Lavender

Lavender is West Virginia native and a 2011 graduate of the WVU Reed College of Media, now a senior politics editor with The Huffington Post.

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Errin Haines Whack

Errin Haines Whack

Errin Haines Whack has previously worked at The Washington Post, The Orlando Sentinel and The Los Angeles Times.

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Zach Graves

Zach Graves

Graves manages development efforts, and coordinates campaigns on intellectual property, cybersecurity, surveillance, cryptocurrency, privacy, the sharing economy, transparency and open data.

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Elizabeth Cohen

Elizabeth Cohen

Cohen conducts research on the psychological motivations and effects of social media use, specializing in the cognitive and emotional reasons why people share things on social network sites.

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Emily Corio

Assistant Teaching Professor Emily Corio will moderate the event. She teaches courses in video and multimedia reporting.

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