[PAST EVENT] Tyler Lecture Series 2022

April 15, 2022
4pm - 6pm
James Blair Hall, Room 229
250 James Blair Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
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  • Open to the public

At the dawn of the contemporary “information age,” prophets evangelizing for technological innovations insisted that “information wants to be free” and envisioned a world in which easy, unregulated exchange of information facilitated by revolutionary media and technologies would liberate the human condition.

In recent years this optimistic vision has turned dark, as the ever-expanding global information ecosystem has proven not to exalt reason or produce stabilizing consensus, but to be troublingly susceptible to the chaos-inducing poison of disinformation.

Disinformation, while difficult to define, is the information strategy of deliberately using falsehood, decontextualization, and distortion to sew disorder, chaos, and debilitating skepticism. While it is a matter of contemporary urgency, the Tyler Speaker Series this year investigates its long history.

Margaret Meserve (Notre Dame): Forgeries and Fictions in Early Modern Print. 


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