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CFP | 31.5. | Prague Media Point Conference 2017

Prague Media Point Conference, subtitled this year as “Media in the Post-Truth World: The New Marketplace of (Dis)information”, is now accepting paper abstracts. The event takes place in Prague on 2 – 4 November 2017.

Possible topics include but are by no means limited to:

Media and Politics

• The media’s role in the Brexit and Trump campaigns, as well as lessons learned from upcoming elections in France, Germany, and the Netherlands

• The impact of celebrity endorsements • WikiLeaks’ role in the U.S. presidential campaign

• The effect of the media on voting behaviour in elections and plebiscites

• Political satire, talk shows, and humour in the media

• Populists’ use of the media, especially to polarize audiences

• Hate speech, including in political campaigns

• The role of “outside” media actors in influencing domestic elections

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(Dis)information Channels – Public Opinion and the Media

• The power of disinformation and propaganda

• Media literacy as a possible antidote, with an emphasis on best practices

• The influence of fake news and conspiracy theories on public opinion

• Lessons learned from attempts to counter disinformation and fake news, including new verification tactics and tools

• Best practices in debunking myths and manipulation

• Fact checking in response to media reporting

• The responsibility of the technology giants in the fake news phenomenon, as well as the role of automated algorithms

• The growing influence of alternative media narratives

• The role of social networks as new information channels

• Echo chambers, selective exposure, and filter bubbles

• The impact of memes and other viral, non-traditional content

• Pre-election polling and public opinion

• Political and ideological polarization in media coverage and/or media consumption

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Media Ownership

• Oligarchs as media owners and self-censorship

• The role of public media and government-controlled media in setting the agenda

• The declining impact of traditional media and the challenge of financial sustainability

• Fake news as a revenue source for both companies and individuals.

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Deadline for 500-word abstracts us on 31 May, 2017. Further information is available here.

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