TRUTH, SOCIAL MEDIA AND CONSPIRACY THEORIES

A series of six critical discussions on the potential outcomes of the election at the national and state level; moderated by noted national commentator and Folio Board Secretary Mort Kondracke.

April 21, 2021 

Is Truth Dead? 

Does lack of consensus on basic facts--on important issues such as election outcomes, climate change, and the COVID pandemic-- present a danger to democracy? How should a responsible citizen learn what's true? How do we teach young people to do so? And, how can mainstream media regain public trust? A a conversation with panelists Jevin West, Director of University of Washington Center for an Informed Public; Brier Dudley, editor of Seattle Times's Save the Free Media project; Seattle University Prof. Paul Kidder, Republican State Sen. Doug Ericksen and Chicago Sun-Times DC correspondent Lynn Sweet.

May 20, 2021

Social Media Regulation 

The flow of misinformation and the response from social media companies to recent events in the U.S. capitol suggest a turning point in how social platforms manage harmful content on their platforms and support free speech. Can platforms support free speech and self-regulate the spread of misinformation or should government bodies approach social media regulation? Panelists: Nicole Buckley, Hazelton Fellow at UW's Center for an Informed Public and researcher on the UW/StanfordElection Integrity Project, State Senators Reuven Carlyle, chair of the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology (EET) Committee and Senator Doug Ericksen, ranking Republican on the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology (EET) Committee.

June 23, 2021

Conspiracy Theories & Extremism 

Folio concluded the Truth, Social Media and Conspiracy Theories series with a discussion about cults, conspiracy theories and extremism. The panel featured presidential historian Bob Merry, author of Where They Stand: American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians, David Domke Associate Director for Organizational Support at Common Power, Rachel Moran, post-doctoral fellow at UW's Center for an Informed Public, Emily Kaufman investigative researcher at the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism, and Bruce Chapman founder and chairman of the Discovery Institute.