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- Andrey Delchev Auditorium, BAC and online
Join AUBG Interim President Dr. David Evans’ talk on "1984 in the Era of Social Media and Fake News." Dr. Evans -- who has a PhD in English Literature and has taught literature to university students -- will discuss the dystopian fiction classic in the context of the modern world’s dangers to democracy.
George Orwell's novel 1984 has long been known for its deep understanding of totalitarianism and its effect on people under such regimes, whether right- or left-wing. What does Orwell's book have to say to us in the current era, when democracy and its institutions are under threat from populism and when the very ideal of truth is under assault? When news sources, particularly those linked to popular social media, report the same occurrences completely differently? When "digital totalitarianism" and constant surveillance of every individual in technological society are somewhere between distinctly possible and already happening? This presentation will discuss how these themes shape Orwell's vision and how his book warns us of the danger in giving up on a collective notion of truth and a grounding in genuine historical knowledge.