David Stodolsky

By: København

Din baggrund:
David S. Stodolsky (BA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; MA University of Wisconsin, Madison; PhD, University of California, Irvine) did post-doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley and at Stanford University in social and political psychology. He has held teaching and research positions at universities in both the USA and Europe. He was elected to public office and served as a law maker in Madison, Wisconsin. He led a federal lawsuit against military conscription while a student in Madison. He has been a member of SOS Racisme for over 20 years. He participated in Occupy Wall Street (Copenhagen) and several other political actions promoting peace and social justice. He has published work in both English and Danish.

Interesseområder i MS:
Politisk indflydelse på dansk og international politik
Demokrati og rettighedsbaseret arbejde
Foreningsdemokrati (MS som organisation)

Hvorfor stiller du op til Rådet?
“Fake news” has become a widely known term. However, systematic distortion of news has a long history. Both states and organizations now use sophisticated psychological and social media targeting methods to influence people. An understanding of political propaganda techniques, electronic media, and the scientific method has become essential, if a person is to distinguish fact from fiction today. I can assist the Council in focusing MS on activities that truly support the organization’s objectives. My background in political psychology, group behavior, and electronic publishing provides me with a solid educational foundation. My experience in both formal and informal political organizations allows me to facilitate integration of this knowledge into organizational processes.

Hvilke forventninger har du til Rådet?
Member participation is the key to the success of MS. Therefore, I expect the Council to ensure that organizational processes maximize democracy. I refer both to the processes of the Council itself, as well as the processes of MS as a whole. New developments in information technology open new opportunities for participation. However, without careful consideration of the mechanisms of participation, there is a risk that premature closing of discussions or outright censorship can take place. I expect the Council to fully consider even the most radical proposals in a manner that ensures an understanding of the factual basis for any such proposal. On the other hand, conspiracy theories and other empty discussions must be avoided to prevent the useless expenditure of the Council’s time.