An analysis of mass media shows that only an estimated 1.6% of information we receive generates positive emotions. This imbalance misaligns us from our humanity and impacts our everyday decisions and responses.
To build a culture of wholeness and sustainable future for all, it is crucial to examine the role of media: How do we bring forth ethical journalism based on truth and facts that are rooted in human meaning? How do we examine and challenge the pathologies and corporate and political interests that are reflected in media? What is the danger of an increased life online, including virtual reality and the use of personal electronic devices?
To explore these questions and more, The New School, in conjunction with Our Humanity Matters, will host a conversation to examine our possibilities and potential as individuals and a global community and explore the specific impact of mass media on humanity – its challenges and opportunities.
Moderated by Tanja A. W. who holds a Mechanical Engineering degree, an MA in Philosophy from the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, and an MA in Media Studies from the New School University in NYC. Tanja studied in Slovenia with renowned philosophers, including Slavoj Zizek, Mladen Dolar and Alenka Zupancic and is continuing her studies of Media at the European Graduate School Media PhD program in 2013.
- Douglas Kellner is George Kneller Chair in the Philosophy of Education at UCLA and is author of many books on social theory, politics, history, and culture, including Camera Politica: The Politics and Ideology of Contemporary Hollywood Film, co-authored with Michael Ryan and an Emile de Antonio Reader co-edited with Dan Streible.
- Verena Conley, Ph.D. is currently a long-term visiting professor of Comparative Literature and of Romance Languages and Literature at Harvard University. Her research interests are focused on Critical and Cultural Theory; Politics and Aesthetics; Ecology and Technology.
- Barry Salmon, MA is currently an associate professor at the New School for Public Engagement. He is a composer of scores for numerous films as well as music for dance, theater, radio, and video art.