Public Knowledge Forum
4 November 2013
Time: 11:00am - 10:30pm
Location: Sydney Opera House
Dramatic shifts in the media industry threaten traditional reporting. What is the new journalism, does it inform the public, and what does this mean for democracy?
This November, the Public Knowledge Forum brought together distinguished opinion leaders from technology, politics, and the press to help answer pressing questions about the future of journalism and its impact on governance and public policy. How has the technological and economic disruption of the media business affected journalism’s ability to hold institutions accountable? In a world of fragmented audiences and time-shifted media consumption, can the new media still create the common pool of knowledge on which democratic self-government depends? Is our usage of the internet as a platform for news degrading or enhancing the quality of our public conversations?
Launching with Life after truth: The death of journalism and what this means for democracy, presented in conjunction with the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, the Forum presented a full day of lively and challenging panel discussions, and the opportunity to be part of the audience for the ABC's Q&A program, which was broadcast live from the Sydney Opera House.
Visit the Public Knowledge Forum website for more information.
VIDEOS & INTERVIEWS
Senior lecturer Harry Melkonian offers his memory of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and says the tragic reality of JFK's death at the hands of Lee Harvey Oswald should not undermine his important legacy.
Convener of the Public Knowledge Forum and national correspondent at The Atlantic James Fallows discusses tensions between the media business model and its public service function. Is the media failing to inform us?