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LDN Talks @ Night|| Social Networks and The Truth

LDN Talks @ Night|| Social Networks and The Truth

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  • Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9AW
  • (Exact address will be provided after booking)
Suitable for: Adults
Charles Arthur has been a journalist and writer for more than 20 years, and has worked on New Scientist, The Independent and The Guardian (2005-14) as an editor and writer abou... More Info »
This Funzing Experience:

How often do you read news outlets you disagree with?

How any people do you follow on social media whose views you don’t agree with?

When did newspapers and TV stations lose authority? And why don’t the normal checks and balance of “truth” still work?

Charles Arthur, the author of “Digital Wars: Apple, Google, Microsoft, and The Battle for The Internet”, will explain how social media is both polarising our opinion and weakening the ways in which we hear contrary views.

Think about the claims made around Brexit (“£350m per week to go back to the NHS!”), Donald Trump’s ability to make wild claims, believed by his followers without question, and the difficulty of getting anyone to agree even on what seem like simple facts - the disappearance of MH370, 9/11, climate change, the list goes on.

So how did we get here? And what will happen next?

This talk will examine the way in which the rise of Google and Facebook has simultaneously sucked away the advertising money that used to support news organisations, while also reinforcing people's prejudices by continually strengthening the “filter bubble”, as people only consort online with those they agree with.

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LDN Talks @ Night is a fresh new concept making "Tedx" talks more accessible. Meet an impressive array of entrepreneurs, movers & shakers, bright thinkers and incredible individuals who will offer you unique perspectives as you enter their world!

Held in trendy, central venues, LDN Talks @ Night events are the perfect way to spend an evening after work.

Delve into a totally new subject and challenge your perspectives over a beer with like-minded Londoners. Funzing has always encouraged you to do something different with your free time, so we say do just that - you never know where it will lead you!

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How often do you read news outlets you disagree with? How any people do you follow on social media whose views you don’t agree with? When did newspapers and TV stations lose authority? And why don’t the normal checks and balance of ... Read More
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  • Fascinating knowledgable speaker
  • Trendy location (TBA)
  • Meet like minded people
  • Perfect after-work event! 
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