Our special guest, CNBC's Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood is the featured speaker at the FSU College of Social Sciences and Public Policy Laird B. Anderson and Florence H. Ashby Lectureship on Public Policy Journalism. Harwood's lecture entitled "Fragmented Politics, Fragmented Media: Challenges to American Journalism" is free and open to the public on the same day as Dinner at the Square, Tuesday February 7 from 3:30 to 4:45 pm. The lecture will take place in the Broad Auditorium at the Claude Pepper Center on the FSU Campus. Learn more about the Anderson-Ashby series HERE. Parking available on the top level of the parking garage on the corners of Call and Macomb Streets. Find campus parking map, clickHERE.
In just a few short years, everything has changed about how we get our information. It wasn't that long ago that a few nightly news broadcasts and our local newspaper provided the grist for the American conversation. Diverse groups of citizens were largely working off of the same set of facts and a limited number of perspectives, advanced by opinion leaders and screened for accuracy by editors who were responsible by professional ethics to get the facts right (or print a retraction). But technology has now given us a million exciting choices as consumers of news, and democracy is on the rise when it comes to information. Available at the click of a mouse is a vast world of ideas, but also a world of facts ripe for selective cherry-picking (and then there's the information that simply isn't true at all).
The sheer volume of information literally at our fingertips is so daunting, it's no wonder we've developed shortcuts to determine just what we're going to pay attention to. Too often we're trusting people on our side of the political aisle, whether they deserve our trust or not. On television and radio, we now have access to endless partisan programming and online you can find even smaller subgroups of opinion and "fact." Our information, along with other aspects of our lives, have gone tribal - and with real repercussions to our civic health. Increasingly, we're living inside giant feedback loops where what we already thought is simply reflected back to us by the television shows we watch, what we read online and listen to on the radio. Devotion to factual accuracy is replaced by devotion to ideological cause and retractions are so... well, last season.
Meanwhile, newspapers are struggling to find successful business models as readership is plummeting and the internet is taking market share. On television, programs devoted to factual accuracy and the quintessentially American marketplace of ideas are bleeding viewership while infotainment is all the rage. Meanwhile on the internet, increasingly sophisticated Google search algorithms send us unknowingly into what Eli Pariser has named "the filter bubble," a world where the outside world of information looks more and more to us like what we wanted it to look like based on our past clicking behavior, not necessarily what it is.
In this rapidly changing environment, how will citizens continue to get the high quality of information that supports good civic decision-making? "News Wars: The Future of How (and what) We Know" invites seasoned journalists and media insiders from across the political and media spectrum to dive into this important conversation of our time. You won't want to miss this one.
The Future of How (and what) We Know
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Tuesday, February 7th
(please note extension of main program from 7:30 to 8pm; there will be no optional extended hour)
St. John's Episcopal Church
Tickets are $27.00 through Wednesday February 1 ($50.00 for a couple), and $35.00 each after
Sour cream biscuits
For vegetarians: Portobello Marbella
Mocha chocolate shortbread bar
Lemon rosemary bars
Iced Tea, Coffee, Lemonade, Water
The event features the song stylings of Miss Quote and the Clarifications.
Miss Quote and the Clarifications is a cross between The Capitol Steps and Wu-Tang Clan, providing a Greek Chorus of musical commentary on life in the Sunshine State.
The name dates back to the 20th century, when MQC was the house band for "Yellowfeather," the Palm Beach County press corps' answer to Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals.
Twenty-five years and twenty-five rounds of media layoffs later, MQC will make a joyful noise for journalism at the "Media Wars" Dinner at the Square. For this special performance, "Miss Quote's" role will be sung -- and possibly danced -- by Rosanne Dunkelberger, and all the "Clarifications" you need will be provided by Kyle Chervanik.
Rosanne is Executive Editor of Tallahassee Magazine. Kyle, a graduate of Florida State University, teaches guitar at Stubbs Music School and performs regularly with some of Tallahassee's favorite bands, including Pepper Drive and The Dorian Q. MQC's lyricist is Florence Snyder, an attorney and columnist for Florida Voices and a featured blogger for The Village Square.
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