After Dark Online: Agree to a Degree—Mediated Messaging

Thursday, September 24, 2020 • 7:00 p.m. PDT

Adults Only (18+)

Free online event: Join below or via YouTube or Facebook

As our nation prepares for a major election, After Dark takes a month-long look at some key factors that influence personal and collective decision making—and the effect these influences have on the democratic process.

“Fake news" has become troublingly well established. But how did we get here? Dig into how the information we interact with through social networks and the broader media can be shaped to influence. What are the strategies media makers use to impact decision making, and how does the information you take in—both passively and actively—affect your perspective?

This program features:

Learn about how misinformation is spread through your social networks and how you can fight it with David Rand.  Rand is an associate professor of management science and brain and cognitive sciences at MIT, and the director of the Human Cooperation Laboratory and the Applied Cooperation Team. He uses a cognitive science perspective, grounded in the tension between more intuitive versus deliberative modes of decision-making, to explore topics such as cooperation, outrage, misinformation, political preferences, and social media platform behavior.

Learn about the history of political campaign ads from Exploratorium Senior Program Developer Kathleen Maguire.


Resonance: Unheard Sounds, Undiscovered Music
Our series Resonance is about music and sound created or captured in interesting and unusual ways by important artists in a variety of fields. Tonight features Marshall Trammell, an experimental archivist, percussionist, conductor, and composer. His aesthetics and activism are centered in social change interventions and generate new local and global ecologies that embrace improvisation as a collective, movement-building tool in the creation of post-capitalist imaginaries.