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Root Systems, Land Cultivation, and Hurricanes: The Benefits and Limitations of Applying Ecological Metaphors to Information Dysfunction

With Professor Whitney Phillips, Dr Ryan M. Milner, and Felix Simon
Recorded:
17 Feb 2021
Speakers:
With Professor Whitney Phillips, Dr Ryan M. Milner, and Felix Simon
Filming venue:

Online Webinar

You Are Here: A Field Guide for Navigating Polarized Speech, Conspiracy Theories, and Our Polluted Information Landscape, co-authored by Whitney Phillips and Ryan Milner, employs a series of ecological metaphors to describe our present information landscape and to explain the various network changes that brought us to this moment. While these metaphors provide a useful, inclusive entry-point into pressing ethical and political issues, they also pose some methodological challenges. This talk discusses both the positives and the negatives of metaphor as argument. It also discusses how and why Phillips and Milner chose to translate You Are Here’s metaphors into a children’s book.

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