Debate “Media, networks and disinformation: the Bannon-Bolsonaro effect”

On May 10, the CECS held the debate “Media, networks, and disinformation: the Bannon-Bolsonaro effect”, from 9:30 am in the ICS.

Different countries of the world live in a political context marked by the advance of the far right, which invests heavily in the hate speech against social minorities. The victories of Donald Trump in the United States and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil are examples of this trend, based on the systematic use of social networks for the diffusion of targeted advertising based on distortions and lies – the so-called “fake news”, which reiterates prejudices and exacerbates emotions. A founder of Trump’s campaign, Steve Bannon has also collaborated on Bolsonaro’s success and commands the Movement, an articulation of far-right parties and leadership that propagates anti-immigration, racist, anti-feminist, anti-globalist ideas, and is among its main objectives the extinction of the European Union. In this context, it is urgent to reflect on the potential roles of communication in the defense of democratic institutions and social justice.

The debate aims to reflect on contemporary cultural and communication phenomena, based on the work of Steve Bannon, the ideologue of the candidacy of D. Trump, and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. The strategies of communication for the contemporary ideological struggle will be debated, with emphasis on the Brazilian case, seeking hypotheses to react to the avalanche of setbacks, among which the attack on humanist formation in universities is especially symbolic for the praise of ignorance and anti-intellectualism , which decisively affects the future prospects of the country.

The session will be attended by researchers Sylvia Moretzsohn (UFF), Tadeu Feitosa (UFC) and Edson Capoano (CECS), under the supervision of CECS doctoral student Kamila Fernandes.

The entrance is free.

[Posted: 03-05-2019]