Impakt Newsletter: Filter Bubbles and Fake News



New Impakt Event on 12 March: Filter Bubbles and Fake News

The internet, social media and new communications platforms were going to bring us closer together, link people and ensure more knowledge and understanding of the other. The opposite, however, seems to be true.

The internet creates filter bubbles in which everyone only engages with their own reality and in which other opinions simply no longer exist. Instead of pluriformity the internet has, conversely, created tailor-made homogenity. Alongside the diversity in news provision, the news’ factuality is also under fire. The recent American elections were, for example, heavily influenced by the large number of false news stories about both parties. How much influence do other online and offline news platforms have on opinion making and political processes?

During the next Culturele Zondag [cultural Sunday, a citywide event series] with the theme Uitgesproken Utrecht, and scant weeks before the national elections, Impakt will examine the effects of filter bubbles and news feeds on our global perspectives and voting behaviour.

About the speakers:

Brenno de WinterDutch investigative journalist whose book Digitale Stormvloed was published in November 2016. He writes for various trade publications and news websites including and Webwereld. De Winter is also the secretary of the GeenPeil political party

Dan Hassler-Forest: Author, public speaker and life-long media junkie. He works as a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University. His latest book Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Politics was published in September 2016.

Annabel Nanninga: Freelance columnist and journalist for media including: The Post Online, Veronica Magazine, NTR and WNL. She often appears on PowNed and almost became the smartest person in the country when she appeared on the popular knowledge quiz De Slimste Mens van Nederland.

Matthijs Pontier: The number two candidate on the Piratenpartij [Dutch pirate party] candidate list strives for innovation in democracy and education. Furthermore, he is an activist with an abiding interest in creating a free society that focuses on civil rights and democratic renewal.

Let us know you’re coming by signing up at the facebook event!

Programme: Filter Bubbles en Fake News
Location: Restaurant Zindering, Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
Date: 12 March
Time: 12:00-13:30
Tickets: 10 euro, buy them here

NB The discussion will will be provided in Dutch.

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Check out the photos here!

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Coming Up

Impakt Event: Filter Bubbles and Fake News @ Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Sunday 12 March