School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Media and Hong Kong Protest | 6 December

6 December 2019

Time: 9:00am - 6:30pm
Venue: Octagon, Queen's Building

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Since the outbreak of the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Movement in Hong Kong in June 2019, an overwhelming volume of news on various online platforms has sparked discussion about what happened/did not happen. Against the backdrop of the prevalence of fake news, it is apparently much easier for us to form an opinion about a news event based on our beliefs and intuition than critical evaluation of the media and its stories. Each person seems to have their own version of truth, becoming vulnerable to creating and reinforcing an echo chamber through selective reading.
 
The exhibition features a wide variety of text, images and videos collected from Hong Kong and international media. You are invited to reflect on these artefacts critically as you immerse yourself in the semiotic landscapes of the social movement. You are also highly encouraged to interact with other participants and discuss what you see. There will be a few interactive zones where you can express your thoughts with words and/or art. Additionally, two panels of academics, artists and campaigners have been scheduled to share their insights. More information and the full programme can be found on the event's website.