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Ferguson Library event examines link between media and paranoia

November 23, 2018

A free panel on media and paranoia moderated will be held at the Ferguson Library on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

The panel will be moderated by Jeff Ostergren and will include artist Alexandra Bell, scholar Jack Bratich, Ph.D., and journalist Alexandria Neason.

Franklin Street Works will present the event, which will explore media studies topics that connect to some of the themes of “False Flag: The Space Between Paranoia and Reason,” an exhibit currently on display the art gallery, located at 41 Franklin St.

Bell, a Brooklyn-based artist, has exhibited at PS1 and often explores media in her work. Bratich is an associate professor in the department of journalism and media studies at Rutgers University and wrote the book “Conspiracy Panics: Political Rationality and Popular Culture.” Journalist Alexandria Neason is a Columbia Journalism Review staff writer and was formerly a reporter for the Village Voice.

Ostergren, a Connecticut-based artist, will connect larger themes to his curation of “False Flag” and will discuss how contemporary art can provide alternate perspectives to dominant narratives.

“Part of my interest in this panel is exploring the way in which the ‘media’ - in its various iterations of television news, talk radio, and social media - foster and in many cases actively create paranoia,” Ostergren said. “This is of particular interest to me in that the media, despite all indications of the opposite, still is often understood as objective. No matter the format, news is filtered through corporate agendas, personal perspectives, and latent or overt biases.”

To reserve a spot, send an email to info@franklinstreetworks.org.

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