Two very important aspects that were emphasized in most discussions were the spreading of fake news, the inevitable loss of the public’s trust in politics and the political system and the impact on American political consciousness. We discussed how reading habits have changed all around the world and acknowledged the need for civic education on how to use new media. We all emphasized the need to arm young people, learners and students with the new media literacy skills that will allow them to consume new media information critically. Finally, we overemphasized the need to assume full responsibility for the changing role of media and assist in the development of trust in quality media.
We had a lot of chances and ample time to interact with one another and exchange ideas, thoughts, knowledge on the issue, building an international network. All participants were open-minded and displayed a desire to share ideas and past experiences.[...] I was invited to contribute in one of three discussion groups and I most enjoyed the experience. I had a chance to share my ideas and latest work on the political role of new media in relation to American Literature and Culture and receive valuable feedback from most participants.
What is most interesting is that the topics and the perspectives that were expressed in the presentations and discussion groups were so diverse that they had so much to offer to journalists, primary and high schools teachers, scholars and political analysts. All participants made a promise not to burn bridges but sustain these new networks and seek collaborations in future projects.
Finally, accommodation and hospitality were wonderful in the amazing premises of Schloss Leopoldskron. All the evening events, like the Reception, the Farewell Banquet, the Concert, the Dinner and the Party were unforgettable moments that made this seminar one to always cherish and remember.
All in all, I am certain that my participation in the SGS will assist me in my professional development and especially in my understanding and teaching of American culture.
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