Facts on Fake News: New season of the “ECONtribute – Der Wirtschaftspodcast”


Denied war crimes, fabricated videos of attacks, false accusations of alleged arms smuggling: numerous fake news stories about the war in Ukraine are currently floating around the internet. Disinformation has long since expanded beyond online forums and entails real social, economic, and political consequences. Which ones these are, explains the new season of the ECONtribute Wirtschaftspodcast – available now on all common podcast platforms.

Christopher Roth, professor at ECONtribute at the University of Cologne, analyzes the difference between polarizing opinion and fake news as well as the trend toward opinion-driven media use. The discussion explores opinions, polarization, and (false) facts.

In monthly episodes of about 30 minutes, Carolin Jackermeier discusses the most exciting topics of ECONtribute research with researchers from the Universities of Bonn and Cologne as well as external guests and provides insight into the work of the Cluster of Excellence. Does fake news jeopardize democracy? What is the point of fact-checking anyway? And how can we restore trust in fact-based reporting? Season 5 of the ECONtribute Wirtschaftspodcast provides the answers.

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