The Future of (Un)Civil Discourse Panel

226 Taylor Hall
CCI & WKSU Community Event

Light Brunch Served

Social media, information technology, popular culture, politics and societal polarization have changed the form, functions and very nature of civil discourse in the United States. A 2016 survey on Civility in America found that 70% of respondents believed that incivility in America has risen to “crisis levels.”  What is the future of civil discourse in America?  What new media and cultural platforms will shape the way we “receive and believe” ideas and information?  Are we fated to consume information in self-selected, isolated communities of interest? Can civility be saved (and at what expense)? 

These and other provocative questions will be explored in a discussion moderated by CCI Dean Amy Reynolds with panelists whose perspectives and areas of expertise include information literacy, conspiracy theories, graphic novels, journalism, media and advertising.  

Panelists: Kendra Albright, Director, School of Information (iSchool); Christopher Darling, Assistant Professor, School of Visual Communication Design; M.L. Schultze, Digital Editor & Reporter, WKSU; Rekha Sharma, Assistant Professor, School of Communication Studies; Wendy Wardell, Lecturer, School of Journalism and Mass Communication.