Changing Dynamics of Public Controversies – overview

I helped organize a conference called ‘The Changing Dynamics of Public Controversies’, hosted Saturday, February 7th by the Communications PhD program at Columbia. Nicholas Lemann, the Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism opened a long day of conversation, and Professors Paul Starr, Bruno Latour, and Yochai Benkler gave presentations to lead off three separate discussions sessions. (more info on the conference here).

A truly impressive group of people gathered in the Butler Library for the event (see the list of participants here). I’m going to write a few posts with main points made by the various presenters, and a few key excerpts from the discussions. This is by no means meant as an exhaustive summary, an impossible task, but just as a few bits that stuck with me.

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