Screen Time Season 2: The Battle for Reality

When the pandemic hit in 2020, it suddenly seemed like conspiracy theories were everywhere. Did Bill Gates put a microchip in the vaccine? Is the World Economic Forum trying to take over the world? Was the pandemic orchestrated by a secret cabal of elites?  A recent poll found that 1 in 4 Canadians believe in online conspiracy theories. Which means that we’re no longer just living in different information bubbles. We’re living in different realities.  On this season of Screen Time, Taylor Owen and Supriya Dwivedi dive into the murky world of online conspiracy theories and misinformation. They’ll expose the bad actors trying to distort the truth for personal gain, and speak to the Canadians occupying these alternate realities to try and understand how they got there – and how we might bring them back.   Hosts:  Taylor Owen is the Director of the Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy at McGill University, and is one of the country’s foremost experts on mis and disinformation.  Supriya Dwivedi spent years trying to fact check misinformation as a talk radio host. She’s now a political commentator, and the Director of Policy and Engagement for the Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy at McGill University.

Produced By: Mitchell Stuart, Emily Morantz
Distribution Partner: TVO

About the Hosts

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Taylor Owen is the Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communications, the founding Director of The Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy, and an Associate Professor at the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University. He is the host of the Big Tech podcast, the co-host of Screen Time and is a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation and Fellow at the Public Policy Forum. He was previously an Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia and the Research Director of Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia School of Journalism. His Doctorate is from the University of Oxford and he has been a Trudeau and Banting scholar, an Action Canada Fellow and received the 2016 Public Policy Forum Emerging Leader award. He is the author of Disruptive Power: The Crisis of the State in the Digital Age (Oxford University Press, 2015) and the co-editor of The World Won’t Wait: Why Canada Needs to Rethink its Foreign Policies (University of Toronto Press, 2015, with Roland Paris) and Journalism After Snowden: The Future of the Free Press in the Surveillance State (Columbia University Press, 2016, with Emily Bell). His work focuses on the intersection of media, technology and public policy and can be found at taylorowen.com and @taylor_owen.

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Supriya Dwivedi has extensive experience in government relations and public affairs, where her work has largely focused on providing strategic counsel to both international and Canadian clients on public affairs campaigns at all levels of government, maintaining and building stakeholder relationships, and assessing the policy implications of legislation within the Canadian regulatory framework.

Supriya became personally invested in combating misinformation and disinformation through her experience as the host of a morning show on a Toronto talk radio station. Mis and disinformation regularly found its way onto the airwaves, and it directly contributed to the volume and level of vitriolic threats Supriya received. After a particularly vile threat that targeted her daughter, Supriya resigned.

Supriya has a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) from McGill University, as well as civil law (LL.B.) and common law (J.D.) degrees from Université de Montréal. She is a highly sought-after media commentator, appearing weekly on CBC’s Power & Politics and writing regularly for the Toronto Star and the National Observer as a contributing political columnist.

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