Lecture postponed. New date TBC

Date Monday 7 September 2020
Time 6pm
Where The University of Waikato, Tauranga, Durham St, Tauranga
Presenter Dr Justin Phillips, Lecturer, Political Science and International Relations
Contact Joanna Kearney
Contact email
Series Tauranga Public Lectures
Admission Cost This is a free event but registrations are essential.

Social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter simultaneously offer tremendous democratic benefits and risks.  Such platforms potentially bring people together, and keep them informed, engaged, and participating in our system.  At the same time, these platforms can destabilise critical political debates, turn us against each other, and terrorise the masses.  In this lecture we explore the paradox that is social media, and offer suggestions as to how we might best navigate the ‘cesspool’ of disinformation in this Election year.

Dr Justin Phillips lectures in Political Science and International Relations at the Tauranga Campus.  His research interests include political communication, behaviour, public opinion, elections, social media, and media discourse.  Data mining and analysis are other significant research interests, particularly in collaboration with colleagues in a range of other academic fields.  Justin's doctoral research focused specifically on the influence of negative political communication in the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections in the United States.

The Tauranga Public Lecture Series is a free community event and open to the public to attend.  The series covers a range of topics, where the speaker will have the opportunity to demonstrate how their work is having a real impact on the world around us.

Doors open 5.15pm. Lecture starts 6.00pm.

The Spring St parking building is open 24 hours and is free from 5.00pm

Registration is essential. Please present your eticket at the door.