• WoWFEST19 Presents: Junk Mail - The Power of Fake News

  • Thu, 09-05-2019 at 19:00
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WoWFEST19 Presents: Junk Mail - The Power of Fake News - Bluecoat - Liverpool

WoWFEST19 is thrilled to present 'Junk Mail - The Power of Fake News'...News is information and information is power. But where does that power end up when the news is fake? To discuss the influence and impact of fake information we bring together former Columnist of the Year, Brian Reade, Guardian columnist, Dawn Foster and Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, Des Freedman. Brian Reade is an award-winning journalist and author who has two weekly opinion columns, one on football, for the Daily Mirror. In 2001 he was named Columnist of the Year at the British Press Awards and was Highly Commended in the same category in 2014. In 2004 he won Sports Columnist of the Year and in 2013 he was awarded the Cudlipp Award for Journalistic Excellence after two decades campaigning for justice for the Hillsborough families. In 2018 The Press Awards named Reade Feature Writer of The Year. In 2008, he became a presenter on radio station City Talk 105.9 and released his first book, entitled 43 Years with the Same Bird, documenting his life spent following Liverpool F.C. In 2011, he released the book An Epic Swindle which made The Sunday Times best-seller list. Dawn Foster is an award-winning British journalist, who writes for the Guardian on politics, economics and social affairs. She is also a contributor to the London Review of Books and Times Literary Supplement. In 2017, she was included in 'The 100 Most Influential People on the Left’. Des Freedman is Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is one of the founding members of the Media Reform Coalition and was project lead for Lord Puttnam's 2016 inquiry into the future of public service television. His books include "The Contradictions of Media Power", "Misunderstanding the Internet" (with James Curran and Natalie Fenton) and "The Politics of Media Policy". His piece on "Fake Democracy, Bad News" (with Natalie Fenton) was published in the 2018 edition of Socialist Register.Writing on the Wall invites you to our 20th annual festival, under the theme: 'Where Are We Now? Change is in the air. All that is solid, like the icecaps, is melting into air. Things fall apart - can the centre hold? The rich are getting richer, but otherwise uncertainty is the order of the day; Brexit, climate change, class, feminism, gender, race, populism, fake news, digital surveillance, and more, much more, are changing and challenging all our old conceptions. The stage is now set for WoWFest19 to seek answers to the question...