Claremont Discourse: "Mistrust of Representation in the Era of Big Data and Virtual Reality"

Please join us this Thursday at 4:15 p.m. for the second installment of this semester's Claremont Discourse series, "The Changing Landscape of Media."

"Mistrust of Representation in the Era of Big Data and Virtual Reality"
Presented by Mark Andrejevic, Associate Professor of Media Studies, Pomona College

Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 4:15 p.m.
Founders Room, Claremont Colleges Library

The paradox of the digital era is that the promise to build a more informed populace has coincided with the rise of false news and the undermining of the efficacy of information itself. This presentation places the rise of false news within the broader context of the rise of digital media. It explores an emerging aesthetic of "framelessness" associated with virtual reality and contemporary forms of surveillance that contribute to the contemporary mistrust of representation.

This mistrust poses a threat to the core principles of democratic deliberation and governance, contributing to the contemporary political crisis. Where we go from here depends on how we understand the underlying issue, which is not just one of polarization and fragmentation, but also a misleading way of thinking about news and information. Resuscitating representation means resisting the fantasy of total information: that we don't know enough until we know everything.

FMI: Adam Rosenkranz | 909-607-3986 | adam_rosenkranz@cuc.claremont.edu

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