Media and Communication
2016 was an election year for both Taiwan and the United States. With the victory of DPP candidate Tsai Ing-wen and Donald Trump, the role of the media in disseminating information, shaping messages, and empowering voices has been on full display. As more channels of communication are opened to people from every background, the global conversation will only grow more dynamic and vibrant. The media has revolutionized how we engage with politics, economics, culture, and technology—the very underpinnings of society. 2017 will be a year of constant criticism of the media, as recognition of their ability to influence and sway public opinion has been demonstrated throughout 2016.
In the Media and Communication Roundtable, we will attempt to step out from our daily immersion in media and wrestle with a few fundamental 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 among Taiwanese and Americans? These questions will guide our discussions throughout TASC 2017.
Take a look at what we’ve done in the past year:
Roundtable Leader: Michelle Lam and Alyssa Chung