"Digitale Meinungsbildung - Politische Öffentlichkeit zwischen Twitter, Algorithmen und Aufregungslust [Digital Opinion Formation - Political Public Sphere between Twitter, Algorithms and Excitement]", participation of W. Loosen in a panel discussion organised by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung on 5 June 2019 in Hamburg
Things have changed. In the past, traditional media such as Der Spiegel and Tagesschau played a central role in shaping public opinion. Today, however, we are additionally presented with selected news on Facebook via algorithms, read the tweets of the US president or watch YouTube news videos that were not made by journalists. Fake news and social bots lead to uncertainty and the debates on many websites are dominated by radical voices. Digitalisation has changed the media public and with it the formation of political opinion. How has our use of news changed and what does this mean for our democracy? Where are the dangers and opportunities of digital opinion-forming? How do the media have to react to the changed framework conditions and how do users have to react to them?
Prof. Dr. Wiebke Loosen (Senior Researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut and Professor at Universität Hamburg) and Dr. Barbara Hans (Editor-in-Chief of Spiegel Online) will discuss this topic. Moderation: Dr. Kathrin Voss, freelance communications consultant.