Political changes around the world are closely linked to the virtue and vice enabled by new media technologies and communication. Especially in countries, where conventional media outlets and journalists are censored, or opt for self-censorship out fear of repression, citizen journalism emerges as an alternative way of creating and dispersing news and information. What are the possibilities and limitations created by citizen media? What are its changing forms and function? Is crowdsourcing more democratic than the newsroom? What are the obligations of new media sources in curating or censoring false information?
Zeynep Tufekci, the author of forthcoming “Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protests”, and associate professor in School of Information and Library Science at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill , and a regular contributor to NYT on technology, media and politics; and Engin Onder, cofounder of a citizen journalism platform in Turkey, 140journos, will speak on the role of new media in recent global political changes, in particular the experience of Turkey, where increasing access to technology both enables and helps battle political repression.
Please join the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program for a discussion on new media, citizen journalism and global politics.
This event is co-sponsored with Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.