Media and Communication
Over the past few years, we have witnessed the reach and influence that technology and media plays in our daily lives. The way we consume and spread information continues to evolve as fast as technology, changing the ways in which we engage and value discourse. Particularly with the advent of social media, the unequivocal recognition of its ability to influence public opinion has been seen worldwide, from Brexit to the 2016 US Presidential Election, and more recently, the Catalonian independence movement from Spain.
Often referred to as ‘filter bubbles’ or ‘social media bubbles,’ political polarization has become a result of media’s influence on the public. Social media “lets you go off with like-minded people, so you're not mixing and sharing and understanding other points of view…” explains Bill Gates. With such a wide access to information from all across ideological spectrums, it is ever so important that we remain conscious of these effects, and reflect over important questions.
How does the media expand or constrain our perception of the world? Do we manipulate our consumption of the media to confirm personal biases? Is the creation of an unbiased media platform possible? What are the controversial issues facing Taiwanese and Americans in their respective societies? How is discourse on these subjects communicated amongst Taiwanese and Americans? During TASC 2018, these questions will guide our discussions, leading to fruitful, diverse, and provocative conclusions.
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Roundtable Leader: Sharon