Join us on October 19th, 2012 ( Rowe Management Building, Rm 1009 @ 10:30) as Dr. Lisa Lynch discusses Cablegate, Wikileaks, and the Evolving Global Mediascape in her upcoming lecture, “The Leak Heard Round the World?”
Dr. Lynch is a professor at the Department of Journalism, Concordia University. She is speaking at Dalhousie as part of the School of Information Management Public Lecture Series and a special guest of the Dalhousie Social Media Lab. The talk is free and open to the public.
Abstract: This talk explores the global media diffusion of Wikileaks’ “Cablegate” documents, a collection of US diplomatic cables leaked in collaboration with both major international media outlets and smaller regional publications. Though Wikileaks had hoped the cables would be freely available around the globe as a catalyst for social and political change, a combination of factors — including news filtering, censorship, and media competition — affected how the cables circulated to, and were received by, global media audiences. Studying these patterns of circulation allows us to see how news travels internationally in a moment when information technologies are paradoxically liberating and constraining the free flow of information.