▷ Conspiracy Stories: Danger to Democracy and Urgent Lecture for …


31.01.2022 – 10:30

German Adult Education Association

Bonn/Marl (ots)

Social networks and messenger services play an important role in the formation of political opinions in the digitized society. But especially in the Corona crisis, they have increasingly become a hub for dangerous disinformation and conspiracy tales. And thus an important topic for media education. On the occasion of this year’s Safer Internet Day, the Central Office for Political Youth Education in the German Adult Education Association (DVV) and the Grimme Institute are picking up on this development: In a web talk on Tuesday, February 8, 4.30 p.m. to 6 p.m., experts will discuss the Title “All a conspiracy?” about the enlightened handling of messenger groups, conspiracy stories and corona deniers.

“Public debate is a central element of our democracy. It is therefore important to adult education centers to strengthen a culture of debate that promotes social cohesion and counteracts tendencies towards division. This debate may be controversial, but it must also be objective and fact-based.” , emphasizes DVV President Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. “That’s why it’s so important to strengthen the judgment of young people in particular, so that when they’re looking for answers they don’t fall for fake news or allow themselves to be co-opted by demagogues,” adds DVV chairman Martin Rabanus.

“Conspiracy narratives have become increasingly important – as a challenge for our democracy and as a subject of educational efforts, also beyond the area of ​​media education,” says Grimme director Dr. Frauke Gerlach. That is why the institute is dealing with this topic in very different formats and “I fear that conspiracy stories will also accompany us in post-pandemic times,” Gerlach continued.

The annual JIM study by the Media Education Research Association Southwest documents the growing importance of this field of learning: 56 percent of the twelve to 19-year-olds stated that they encountered extreme political views online (plus 11 percent compared to the previous year) and 51 percent of young people were network confronted with conspiracy stories (up 8 percent over the previous year).

The new federal government also sees an urgent need for action and, according to the coalition agreement, wants to campaign against online hatred and conspiracy ideologies.

Together with the Grimme Institute, the German Adult Education Association has already developed extensive collections of materials for media educational work against hate speech, fake news and conspiracy stories, including two module boxes with teaching concepts.

The web talk on Safer Internet Day is aimed at people from the educational context, pedagogical specialists and all those who are interested: Thomas Rathgeb, Head of the Department for Media Competence, Program and Research at the State Office for Communication and co-author of the JIM study, will introduce the media use behavior of young people – above all also with a view to the confrontation and dealing with conspiracy stories. How to react to this will be discussed with the civil rights activist and publicist Katharina Nocun and with Lars Gräßer, research associate at the Grimme Institute and co-author of the module box “Political Media Education for Young People. Reacting to Conspiracy Stories”, which was developed on behalf of the DVV. The conversation will be moderated by freelance journalist and presenter Susan Djahangard.

Interested parties can register for the web talk by Sunday, February 6, [email protected]

More information about the event at https://vhs.link/webtalkSID.

The module box developed by the Grimme Academy on behalf of the DVV is available at https://www.volkshochschule.de/modulbox-verschwoerungserzaehlungen

About the main focus of the Grimme Academy: https://www.grimme-akademie.de/themen/aktiv-gegen-hate-speech.

Press contact:

German Adult Education Association e. V
Johanna Kranz, project manager
Tel. 0049 228 97569 172, [email protected]

Original content from: German Adult Education Association, transmitted by news aktuell


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