W. Lance Bennet: Looking Left and Right in the Digital Age – Three Challenges for Democracy

As part of the Berlin Science Week, Weizenbaum Senior Fellow Prof. W. Lance Bennet (University of Washington) will introduce the three major challenges for democracies during his public lecture.

Ort: Weizenbaum Institute, Hardenbergstraße 32, 10623 Berlin


Zeit: Dienstag, 6. November 2018 18:00 Uhr


Weizenbaum Lecture


Many democracies today face major challenges: 1) radical right movements and parties that threaten civil rights, press freedoms, and the postwar international order, 2) a fragmented left that is turning away from parties and elections in favor of direct democracy and protest politics, and 3) public communication spheres divided between traditional journalism that largely reports official information, and a growing online communication sphere that invites citizens to share and believe what they want.

These trends can be traced to a combination of factors: economic policies that create widespread insecurity that erodes trust in institutions, the failure of mainstream political parties to offer voters new ideas, and divergent uses of digital media by the left and the right. The fate of democracy depends on reshaping institutions and communication processes to engage a broader spectrum of citizens with pressing problems from climate change to economic and political inequality. 

We are looking forward to your participation. External guests are kindly asked to register per e-mail: veranstaltungen-weizenbaum[at]wzb.eu

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