While the media are usually ascribed integrative services, there are growing concerns that the Internet could contribute to a loss of social cohesion.
The online lecture is part of our event series Leibniz Media Lectures
and is organized within the Research Institute Social Cohesion
. Merja Mahrt will address the differences in the integrative potential of different media from the perspective of communication science and will show the current state of research on digital fragmentation. Do "filter bubbles" and "echo chambers" really exist? To what extent can they be a threat to social cohesion? In what respect can we give the all-clear signal?
4.00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.
The event takes place online on Zoom. Dial-in details will be provided after the registration (by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
) and shortly before the event is about to begin. The participation is free of charge.
About the Speaker
Prof. Dr. Merja Mahrt
is substitute professor for communication and media science at the TU Chemnitz. In 2017, she completed her habilitation at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf with a thesis on digital fragmentation. She received her doctorate at the Universiteit van Amsterdam in 2010. Her research focuses on social functions and effects of media, especially online and offline in comparison.