Fake News vs. History
PBS Open Mind host Alexander Heffner will discuss the tenth anniversary edition of his and Richard D. Heffner’s A Documentary History of the United States. The new chapter “Populists Revolt…Democracy Under Duress” explores the presidency of Donald Trump and the digital age through critical documents shaping contemporary America…Presidential tweets, Congressional testimony on cyberwar, speeches by Bernie Sanders and Jeff Flake, and Facebook posts by Mark Zuckerberg. He will consider how the current media and political climate are impacting the first draft of history, including the threat of clickbait, fake news, bots, trolls and filter bubbles.
Alexander Heffner is the host of The Open Mind on PBS. He has covered American politics, civic life and Millennials for leading newspapers and magazines. He founded and edited the first-ever online national student newspapers covering the 2008 presidential campaign and the Obama presidency. His work has been profiled in The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, and he has lectured at the Newseum, Post-Truth Initiative at University of Sydney and Center for Information and Bubble Studies at University of Copenhagen. He directed a civic education initiative for which he taught in under-served New York City classrooms and was the political director for WHRB 95.3 FM. A native New Yorker, he is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and Harvard.
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