The Department of Philosophy presents a talk entitled ‘Manipulation in Disinformative (Post-Consumerist) Society’. The talk, by Prof. Alexander Gungov of the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, will be held on Tuesday, 20 September from 17:00 to 19:00 at the Faculty of Arts Library, Msida Campus.
Professor Dr. Gungov is a Professor of Ethical Leadership and Senior Fellow of New Westminster College and is an internationally respected scholar in philosophy.
Following Zygmunt Bauman’s distinction between the society of producers and society of consumers, we believe yet another ideal type of society has emerged, that of post-consumerist relationships. This type of society is driven by information but not as a means of production or object of consumption; information is turned into the principle and innermost goal of the entire population existence. Serving this goal, the ontological status of population is transformed into informational/statistical units. In order to mobilize and control statistical units in all strata of society, a specific manipulation is applied. We are going to view several embodiments of the new manipulation pointing out to its radical difference from traditional political and commercial propaganda.