‘Building a culture of encounter in an age of fake news’ with Austen Ivereigh

‘Building a culture of encounter in an age of fake news’ with Austen Ivereigh

9th January 2018, 19:00-21:00

Hurtado Jesuit Centre

In the context of the seminars ‘A Post Truth Word- Are We Losing Our Minds?‘, Austen Ivereigh will present the topic ‘‘Building a culture of encounter in an age of fake news’.

Thanks to social media, it seems anyone can break and share news — whether good or bad, true or false — and anyone can have an opinion. It’s not just truth that’s the casualty but civility and unity. Positions harden, tribes form, and polarization becomes the norm. The paradox is that in an ever more interconnected world we are more split than ever and communication has become dominated by the technocratic paradigm: what catches fire is per se good. What does it mean, in this context, to be committed to Pope Francis’s ‘culture of encounter’? How in our communication do we build bridges rather than walls — and create genuine fraternal interconnectivity?

Doors open at 19:00, talks 19:30-21:00

Suggested donation: £10

Book your place: welcome@hurtadocentre.org.uk

About the speaker:
Dr Austen Ivereigh is the founder and director of Catholic Voices, a church media project that trains ordinary Catholics to speak in the media, and a journalist and commentator who is contributing editor of the U.S. news site Crux. He is the author of the Pope Francis biography The Great Reformer as well as a book for communicating Catholics, How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice. He is currently at work on a book on Francis’s pontificate.