A public lecture entitled ‘Extremism and the Media’ will be held on 1 February from 18:00 to 20:00 at The President’s Kitchen Garden, Attard. The public lecture will be presented by Dr Juliette Shedd who is currently the Associate Dean at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from George Washington University.
Mainstream and social media have become channels where violent and explicit content reach the public on a daily basis. There seems to be a connection between the violent actors and the journalists and bloggers that cover them. Media is often used strategically to overwhelm the public with terroristic threats. In this lecture, these relationships and provide tools for media consumers to interpret what one sees in the media will be explored. Moreover, this session aims to educate the public to look at the broader context of journalistic and psychological mechanisms that contribute to this effect.