Politics of hate in the age of the internet
A series of free public lectures in Auckland, Palmerston North and Wellington. Massey’s public lecture series offers you a closer look at a diverse range of fascinating topics of interest to the wider public, offering fresh perspectives and food for thought.
- Date: Tuesday, 19 March, 2019
This event has been postponed.
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
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The Massey University Lecture ‘The Politics of Hate in the age of the Internet’ scheduled for tonight at the National Library is postponed.
The decision was made after consultation with the NZ Police following the tragic events in Christchurch. The safety of all involved and the impact on Police resources at this time were considered in this decision. The health and safety of our staff and the public is always our priority.
Online hate speech
Recent surveys have shown a significant spike in online hate speech. The opportunity provided by social and online media to be highly personal, or derogatory, about others on the anonymity of the web has seen an escalation in hostile and disrespectful views being expressed.
What are the politics behind this trend? And what is the impact on those targeted? How do we define hate, and particularly hate speech? And should we, as part of democracy, be concerned?
About the speaker
Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley is one of New Zealand's leading academics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He joined the Massey staff in 1979 and was, until becoming Pro Vice-Chancellor in October 2013, the College's Research Director and Auckland Regional Director.
Prof Spoonley has led numerous externally funded research programmes, including the Ministry of Science and Innovation's $3.2 million Integration of Immigrants and the $800,000 Ngā Tangata Oho Mairangi. He has written or edited 25 books and is a regular commentator in the news media.