WHY ARGUE? is a series of 30-minute conversations between 2 people about power structures, facts, media and the right to ASK WHY. We invite you to intimate and inspiring dialogues as known from the French Salon tradition.
We live in small bubbles – small subcultures where we agree with each other and pat each other on the back. How does social media empower our bubbles – and does it? How do we inject critical thinking into each individual bubble? How can we create a world with access to nuanced journalistic information, from where we can build our arguments? Journalist, writer and award-winning filmmaker Mads Brügger and philosopher Eva Agnete Selsing will discuss how to burst the bubbles.
Who should have the power? A president? The people? The media? Corporations? International institutions? Is money and corruption controlling politics? Is power invisible and are people constantly being misled by hidden agendas? Why do we see a split world today? Is it because of bad leadership, abuse of power, one-way communication and desperate attempts to change the power structures leading to; anarchism, populism and nationalism. Is the world out of control? Carne Ross, a former British diplomat and government highflyer, now an accidental anarchist, will take the stage and discuss the state of power with senior politician and former President of the UN General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft.
Is free speech under attack? Is it worth fighting for? Is it worth dying for? How do we protect free speech and how do we balance free speech with the limitations to hate speech, and can we somehow ensure discourse is not being abused by fanaticism? French Ambassador to Denmark and former Ambassador-at-large for Human Rights; Francois Zimeray and Syrian director Firas Fayyad, behind Sundance Grand Jury Award-winning Last Men in Aleppo, set out to discuss how far we should go to defend free speech and democratic values.
How do we know if something is true? How do we ensure that the truth gets out? When did politicians become untrustworthy? How can politicians exclude journalists’ freedom of expression? Are journalists the watchdogs of democracy? Or are they reconstructing the reality? How do we ensure access to nuanced journalistic information? Channel Controller at DR2, Award-winning director and journalist, Christoffer Guldbrandsen and Newspaper Politiken’s Cultural Editor, Mette Davidsen-Nielsen, examine the state of truth in today’s media landscape, politics and society as a whole.