#Series 44
“Are we in the era of “Fake news” and “Post-Truth”? How do we respond to information storm?”

#Session 44 “Davos Experience in Tokyo”
January 27, 2016
“Are we in the era of “Fake news” and “Post-Truth”? How do we respond to information storm?”

Last night (January 27), we hosted the first session (and 44th in the series) of Davos Experience in Tokyo series. Topic was role of media, how do we respond to information storm where concept and terms such as “fake news” “post-truth” and “alternative facts” have been used so often with social media  gaining  power. With our guest speaker, Dr. Florian Kohlbacher of the Economist Corporate Network, sharing his view, we had many people (some from media) participating in the session to have discussion on how we make sure we make efforts to ensure good sources of information, how we identify the role of information, etc.
I trust the session gave us a lot to think about. I prepared a short video of the session. Here it is.

Interview

Before session

After session

 

Following the unexpected result of “Brexit” in June, Donald Trump whom many had thought would NOT be nominated to be even the Presidential candidate will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States on January 20.
As these almost “unthinkable” results that only few had predicted have become reality, role of media which has become more diversified and the significance of “facts” and “truth” has been challenged.
It appears that there is consensus as to the impact of social media on politics, in the era of populism that has been sweeping the world against globalization and accelerating technological transformation. SNS with which anybody can say anything to the world seems to have become effective and efficient means to mobilize people, judging from the fact that Donald Trump use thousands of tweets to express his views and his Tweet has huge followers.
In fact, the attempts to set up website which is designed simply to increase the number of clicks and make high advertising revenue, regardless of ideology or views, have been reported.
Will “Facts don’t matter” as Donald Trump says in his tweet prevail? Are we entering the era of “Post Truth” as some have argued?
At our first session of “Davos Experience in Tokyo” for 2017 we will focus on the changing role of media and how we should address role of information storm in the era of “post-truth.”
Our guest is Dr. Florian Kohlbacher, Director, Economist Corporate Network, North Asia, The Economist Group, one of the major media groups with global coverage. Florian will fire start our discussion by sharing his view of the media landscape today and how we can make best use of the diverse information and media today. Let us develop a new information strategy for the new year. Join us on Friday, January 27.

第44回 ダボスの経験を東京で
2017年1月27日
「「事実」や「真実」はもはや意味がないのか?今の時代に適した情報戦略とは。」

まさか、と直前まで思われていた英国のEU離脱の決定に続き、1年前までは大統領候補になることもないだろうと思われていたドナルド・トランプが米国大統領選を制し、1月20日に大統領に就任します。
予想した人がほとんどいなかったこの結果から、多様化するメディアの役割とは何か、「事実」や「真実」には意味があるのか、という議論が始まっています。
グローバリゼーションやテクノロジーに対抗するポピュリズムが世界に広がる中で、ソーシャル・メディアが政治に大きな影響を及ぼしていることは否定しようがないでしょう。トランプのtweet数やそのフォロワー数が桁違いであることから、誰でも自由にニュースや見解を世界に発信できる手段であるSNSが、今の時代の効果的・効率的な情報発信の方法となってきています。
また意見や支持とは関係なく、多くの人に読まれれば広告収入が増すという仕組みを駆使して、ウェブサイトを作り、収入を増やすことだけに専心した人々の存在も報道されています。
トランプ自身「Facts don’t matter」といっているように、「post-truth」の時代になったという意見も聞かれるようになってきました。
こうしたメディアの変化をどうとらえるか、情報をどう活用していくか、について、2017年初の「ダボスの経験を東京で」(1月27日)では議論したいと思います。
ゲストはEconomist Group, Economist Corporate Network, North AsiaのDirectorであるFlorian Kohlbacher氏。研究者としての経験もある氏に、世界をカバーする有力メディア・グループのひとつであるEconomistから見て、現状をどう分析しておられるか、また私たちが情報を活用するためにはどんなことが必要か、語っていただき、私たち自身の新しい情報戦略を考えてみませんか。
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