The Future of Media

Phil Lind Initiative 2022 | January - April, 2022

The Future of Media

Media is at a crossroads. Full-time journalists and long-form reporting have been forced to cede public space to click bait news articles, online echo chambers, and disinformation campaigns. It has never been more challenging to inform the public, to bridge political divides, and to stimulate healthy debate. Yet trust in mass media has never been lower, with only 9% of Americans trusting the media “a great deal” and 60% having “little to no trust at all.” From the rise of social media to the erosion of traditional business models to the deep political polarization in American society, how we as citizens consume information has fundamentally changed. This series explores these changes, but more importantly asks where we go from here. How can we restore trust? How do we reconcile evidence-based reporting with the digital age? And above all, how can we reshape the media landscape in the face of these challenges to better society?

The Phil Lind Initiative 2022 series at UBC will explore these questions and more, with public events featuring leading intellectuals and authors including Ed Yong, Douglas Rushkoff, Soledad O’Brien, and Matt Taibbi.

The 2022 Phil Lind Initiative series will be hosted at the UBC Vancouver campus, with a live streaming available. Each event will be open to the public and free to attend.  Learn more about registering your seat to each event on Get Tickets.

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Find books authored by our speakers on the UBC Bookstore website.

The Phil Lind Initiative is hosted by UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.

Ed Yong

Ed Yong

Pulitzer Prize-winning science staff writer for The Atlantic

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Douglas Rushkoff

Douglas Rushkoff

World-renowned philosopher, futurist, and author of Team Human

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Soledad O’Brien

Soledad O’Brien

Award-winning journalist, entrepreneur, author, and host of the political show Matter of Fact

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Matt Taibbi

Matt Taibbi

Best-selling author and award-winning columnist for Rolling Stone

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