Democracy in a Digital Age
In the digital age, we all have first-handedly seen the news move from paper onto a screen, and from the radio onto a stream. However, current affairs are only a fraction of what went digital, meaning that the impact of journalism and thought-through arguments is now diluted amongst friend requests and sponsored ads. Consequently, reporting has become a click-oriented business, causing sensationalism that ultimately plays into the cards of swiftly growing political movements, the Arab Spring and UKIP alike. Is the power of information moving away from journalists and editors?
This Panel will debate the future of democracy in a society where information culture impacts voter behavior, away from fact-based rational politicking to emotionally appealing agendas. It shall explore the dangers of a generation that has lost the connection to politics and does not realize its full potential to shape the political landscape that acts in its best interests.