Lies are as old as politics. But the structural transformation prompted by digitalization confronts us with the problem of truth: Fake news, bots and alternative facts influence democracy. Is international order legitimized through comprehensible public discourse – or is it the result of manipulative influences? How do we decide between facts and fiction?
Within the framework of Berlin Correspondences (Berliner Korrespondenzen), a lecture series inspired by Alexander von Humboldt’s legendary public lectures at Berlin University, Anne Peters, director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, and Rogers Brubaker, professor of sociology at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, discussed to what extent fundamental political will-formation and democratic decision-making are at stake, what destabilizes them, and how they can be protected. The lively debate was moderated by Andreas Görgen, head of the Directorate-General for Culture and Communication at the Federal Foreign Office.
Berlin Correspondences (Berliner Korrespondenzen) is a Matinée-Series of the Gorki Forum and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office. The series was opened on May 22, 2016 by former Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Berlin Correspondences aims to bring together different disciplinary and regional perspectives; two speakers are invited to voice complementary statements – setting out from a common thematic frame, but not covering precisely the same issues/questions, taking different perspectives and thereby preparing the ground for a constructive and inspiring conversation.
The Matinée had been co-organized by the Institute’s Berlin Office.
Report: Barbara Bücker
A recording of the event is available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM-YURCwyvo.