The role of the academic in the ‘fake news’ era


Academics were once judged by their ability to painstakingly research and refine ideas over years, if not decades.

However, now, the pressure to be able to disseminate key ideas quickly to make research relevant by disseminating it quickly to a wider public audience has become paramount.

In the next Centre for Brexit Studies YouTube Live video, Director Professor Alex de Ruyter will explore the issues around academics having to be adroit and dextrous in their use of terminology to push key ideas forward in an era where anyone, no matter how dubious their credentials, can find a ready audience via the Internet and social media.

The talk is the fourth in a series of YouTube live videos that the Centre for Brexit Studies will be hosting during lockdown.

Viewers are encouraged to share their thoughts on social media with the hashtag #CBSFakeNews

The discussion will take place on the Centre for Brexit Studies YouTube channel from 11am on Friday 3 July.

Watch the discussion live here.

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