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Is Seeing Believing? Lenses and Lies

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 5:30pm
English Faculty, University of Oxford

We are delighted to welcome DAWN AIREY to Oxford as this year's Visiting Professor of Creative Media.  Dawn Airey is one of the most influential figures in the world of digital culture. She has had an immensely distinguished media career, having held senior positions at ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, of which she was CEO. She was subsequently Senior Vice President of Yahoo Europe, and she is now CEO of Getty Images, the greatest collection of still images and film footage in the world.

She is giving two lectures while she is in Oxford on the theme of 'No Filter: Power and Pictures in a Post Truth World'.

The second lecture is entitled 'Is Seeing Believing? Lenses and Lies'.  When you put a selfie on Instagram, or like a picture on Facebook, you are making choices about images. But you are also making choices about the world; about what is acceptable and not acceptable to see, what is uplifting and what is outrageous. As communication culture continues its rapid shift from verbal to visual, what does this mean for the people consuming and interacting with those images? This lecture will explore how people use images to construct desired narratives and talk about the advances in technology that could shape those narratives in the years ahead.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception to which all are warmly invited.

Everyone is welcome to what promises to be a provocative and stimulating set of lectures.

Contact name: 
Seamus Perry
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