The Beginning of Change :
Is that REALLY what you think?
*Speakers and program schedule may be changed.
Confronting Conflict in a Pluralized World
SDF2019 Research Team Findings l Beyond Dissension and Misconception: From Hatred to Harmony
As Korean society grows more pluralistic, we have become freer to assert our individuality, and more respectful of diversity in our beliefs and values. Yet we remain divided and at odds, our interactions increasingly shaped by our polarized views and the logic of identity politics. Thus, we ask, is our rapidly changing technology and our use of technology adequately reflecting social diversity? What effect is non-face-to-face, device-centered communication having on human relationships? This session seeks to better understand the deepening conflicts in Korean society today and their causes through research, experimentation and analysis, in search of the solutions that will help us overcome our differences.
The Courageous Lawmakers : Working to Restore Political Dialogue
The Korean National Assembly building in Yeouido has become a symbol of a divided Korean society – a place where everyone has much to say but little resolve to listen and hear each other out. In this session, four lawmakers share their stories about the bold steps they are taking to bring genuine dialogue back to the Korean legislature.
The Right to Live Free of Manipulation
Algorithms and Business Models: How the Digital Public Sphere Contributes to Tribalization
Decision-making in business and in various social sectors has become increasingly dependent on technologies believed to be more objective than humans - namely, big data analysis, algorithms, and deep learning. But what if such technologies are altering the way we think, both as societies and as individuals? In this session, leading techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci poses questions on the development of ethical technology for a better world and the importance of our right to live free of manipulation.
The Beginning of Change *Harvard Nieman Foundation Special Session
Communication and Community
This session, organized in collaboration with the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, explores how in an age of unprecedented polarization and partisanship journalists and other storytellers are engaging citizens in ways that encourage constructive debate. The presentations and discussion chronicles how newsrooms and other organizations experimenting with new formats and new technologies that inform and communicate with audiences who hold diverging political views and come from different socio-economic groups
The Enemy: A journalist ventures in new media to tell a story he could not on any other platform.
After 18 years of conflicts coverage, a frustrated war correspondent decides to show a completely different side of war, what is left of shared humanity in combatants of opposing sides. Using Virtual and Augmented Reality, He puts you in between two enemies of longstanding conflicts, with The Enemy, you can meet combatants from Israel, Palestine, the Democratic Republic of Congo and gang members from El Salvador.
Can we make social media good for society?
As social media becomes an important part of everyday life, we are experiencing a "moral panic" about its possible effects. Fears of polarization, fake news and addictive behavior are worthy of investigation, but our dialog about these possible problems is missing a key component: a vision of social media that could be good for society and democracy. What would pro-civic social media look like and how might we build it if commercial social media is failing our democratic societies?
Flipping the news cycle: Putting conversation across difference at the heart of journalistic practice
Spaceship Media’s method of dialogue journalism brings people into moderated, fact-supported conversations across social and political fault lines with a mission to reduce polarization, restore trust in journalism and build communities. Knowing that relationships precede trust, we put our journalism to work providing information and reporting directly in response to the questions and issues that arise in the conversations we host.
Towards Connection, Communication, and Trust: Community and Media in an Era of Conflict and Polarization
Even as digital technologies enable the development of an increasingly sophisticated, hyperconnected media environment, the quality of our engagement and dialogue has yet to sufficiently mature. As much as ever, we need a platform for public discourse – a space to find accurate, complete information about pressing social issues and share our various perspectives on the same. When media can effectively provide this space, our communities will be able to recover from the instability brought about by conflict and polarization. This section looks at the various solutions that could make this possible.
Harvard Nieman Foundation Special Session: Panel Discussion
Towards a New Kind of Connection
To Each Their Own Step, To Each Their Own Dance
The dances created by AHN Eun-me are not typical. Her works bring to the stage the ordinary physical movements of daily life, as well as the history recorded in our bodies, urging viewers to discover anew the value inherent in our bodies and in the ways we move, and in the self that cannot be measured or judged by anyone else’s criteria. For years, Eun-me has devoted herself to the work of bringing dance back to the people. Her dances are also an exploration of the kind of future we should strive to build, and a testament to the philosophy of life as a dance, lived one step at a time. In this sessions, Eun-me shares her insights on living with direction and intention.
“How to Build a Teeter Totter”
Ronald Rael’s talk will reexamine what the nearly 700 miles of physical barrier dividing the US and Mexico is and could be, and how design can encourage its conceptual and physical dismantling. Rael will illuminate the transformative effects of the wall on people, animals, and the natural and built landscape through the story of people on both sides of the border who transform and creatively challenge the wall’s existence. He will also discuss his architectural studio’s counterproposals that reimagine, hyperbolize, or question the wall and its construction, cost, performance, and meaning. Rael proposes that despite the intended use of the wall, which is to keep people out and away, the wall is instead an attractor, engaging both sides in a common dialogue.
Beyond Looking to Truly Seeing
In this session, director KIM Bora will share about how she created the film House of Hummingbird, offering insights from her firsthand experience creating and telling stories and emerging from pain and suffering by confronting it head on. She will focus on the creative process, exploring how a particular individual story can become a universally resonant narrative and what elements are needed for the same.