4th Annual Conference Virtues, Media, and Democracy Genoa, September 26-27, 2019
NEW: visit www.virtuesmediademocracy.weebly.com The spread of post-truth communication affects ordinary citizens’ commitment to truth and attitudes toward information sources, thereby threatening the promotion of democratic ideals in the public debate. Although the current literature accurately identifies the reasons for these phenomena, the mainstream approach mainly suggests institutional and structural measures to limit the spread of fake news on social media. Alongside with the institutional and structural level, this conference aims at investigating the importance of helping citizens improve the quality of their online agency (e.g. through educational measures and fact-checking) as well as raising awareness of the risks social media sharing poses to democratic values. In particular, we aim at investigating which contribution can come from research on moral, civic, and epistemic virtues, both theoretical and applied.
Keynote speakers: Jason Baehr (Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles) Valeria Ottonelli (University of Genova) Nancy Snow (University of Oklahoma) Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff University)
Angelo Campodonico (University of Genoa) Michel Croce (University of Edinburgh) Mario De Caro (Rome 3 – Tufts University) Michele Mangini (University of Bari) Claudia Navarini (European University, Rome) Maria Silvia Vaccarezza (University of Genoa)
Organizing Comittee: Elena Ricci, Damiano Simoncelli