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SymBozium: Fake News or Free Speech?

@ The Emerson

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"Fake news" has always been part of the communication landscape. The difference now is that we are inundated with social media that makes it possible to disseminate "fake news” quickly and easily. In the past "fake news" was used as propaganda to isolate individuals or groups of people, destabilize governments, and foment anarchy. "Fake news" may be inaccurate, dishonest, misleading, intentionally untrue, and even intended to damage the paradigm of factual information. But is it illegal? Is it protected by the First Amendment? Can "fake news" -- or suppressing it -- undermine our democratic way of life? This event is free, however, if you would please register above, we will have a better idea of what to expect.

Please register for this event as space is limited.

 Moderated by

Frankie Wilmer
Franke Wilmer
Professor and Department Head of Political Science at MSU


With Guest Speakers:

Les AuCoin

Les AuCoin
Former journalist, professor of government, and nine-term U.S. congressman from Oregon

Jeff Reed

Dr. Jeff Reed
Technology executive

Will Dobson

Will Dobson
Chief international editor at National Public Radio
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