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Festival Fellow Mercedes Bunz Inaugural Lecture: On Digital Truth 21 October 2011

Academiegebouw Belle van Zuylenzaal
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Impakt, The Centre for Humanities and the MA New Media & Digital Culture from Utrecht University proudly present the first Impakt Festival Fellow, Mercedes Bunz PhD.

Mercedes Bunz (Magdeburg, 1971) is an art historian, philosopher and journalist. She was the founder and the head editor of the legendary German magazine “De-Bug” and worked from 2009 to 2011 as a media and technology reporter for The Guardian.

As the Impakt Festival Fellow, during the months of October, November and December she will be involved in various academic activities that explore the theme of the Impakt Festival 2011: The Right to Know. During this fellowship, Bunz will investigate digital truth, critical approaches to data visualization and the socio-political issues surrounding digitalization and citizenship. The first undertaking of the fellowship will be an event wherein Bunz will give her inaugural lecture, entitled “On Digital Truth”.


Now what you see is not a test: the digital public is changing Western society. Studies show that all generations are now getting their information by looking online for news, facts and entertainment. Through viral videos, data journalism and data visualization the digital public has developed its own methods to widely disseminate information. How do these new media outlets work? What is the nature of the digital public and can we take this new digital public as seriously as their predecessors: the journalistic public?


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Made possible by:

Gemeente Utrecht

Mondriaan Stichting


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