The media’s role in accurately representing anti-establishment sentiment in 2016

John Naughton at the Festival of Ideas

On Saturday 22 October, in a debate chaired by Kiri Kankhwende, Wolfson’s Professor John Naughton discussed the media’s role in accurately representing anti-establishment sentiment in 2016. Alongside Beatrix Campbell and Kieron O'Hara, Professor Naughton discussed how the West’s prevailing neoliberal agenda inhibits the mainstream media from having a vested interest in contemporary anti-establishment politics. He focussed particularly on the development of new technologies as, “a colossal enabler of neoliberal ideologies”, stating that, “You can’t outsource production to other countries without keeping track, in real time, of what is going on there.” The question inevitably veered towards the media and technology’s role in the 2016 US Presidential Election, and tomorrow night Professor Naughton will be conversation with Steve McGookin, David Runciman and Gary Gerstle about the role of journalism in a “post-truth” society. If you’re interested, please register at http://bit.ly/2dbePPF, and come along at 5:30pm to Lee Hall.