Eli Pariser — Media & The Crisis of Trust
After the election of Donald Trump, an international conversation began around the role of the media, and broader themes of authority, and truth. Fake-news stories—such as the Pope endorsing Donald Trump—influenced public opinion and led many to wonder how we could be so easily misled. Eli Pariser, cofounder of Upworthy and author of the 2011 New York Times best-seller “The Filter Bubble,” aptly predicted that online personalization would shape what we learn, what we know, and how our democracy works. Six years later, Pariser examines how our primal and instinctual modes of trust and identity function in a world where the very definition of truth is at stake. In order to move past this crisis of trust, Pariser suggests that the media needs to move towards a more emotional, human way of storytelling while the people need to take a more fact-based mode of media consumption that questions sources and the process by which they arrived in our feeds.