*POSTPONED* United States of Distraction: Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America (and What We Can Do about It)

Friday, March 20th, 2020, 6 p.m.

Due to COVID-19 considerations, the author has cancelled his travel plans from California to help keep everybody safe and healthy. We hope to reschedule in the future.

Nolan Higdon visits Gibson's Bookstore with a powerful critique of how manipulation of media gives rise to disinformation, intolerance, and divisiveness, and what can be done to change direction, presenting United States of Distraction: Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America (and What We Can Do about It).

The role of news media in a free society is to investigate, inform, and provide a crucial check on political power. But does it?

It's no secret that the goal of corporate-owned media is to increase the profits of the few, not to empower the many. As a result, people are increasingly immersed in an information system structured to reinforce their social biases and market to their buying preferences. Journalism's essential role has been drastically compromised, and Donald Trump's repeated claims of "fake news" and framing of the media as "an enemy of the people" have made a bad scenario worse.

Written in the spirit of resistance and hope, United States of Distraction offers a clear, concise appraisal of our current situation, and presents readers with action items for how to improve it.

About the author: Dr. Nolan Higdon is professor of History and Communication at California State University, East Bay. His academic work primarily focuses on news media, propaganda, critical media literacy, and social justice pedagogies. He has been a guest commentator for news media outlets such as The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox. He is a board member for the Media Freedom Foundation, frequent contributor to Project Censored's annual Censored books series, a co-founder of the Global Critical Media Literacy Project, a program advisor for Sacred Heart University Media Literacy and Digital Culture Graduate Program, a steering committee member for the Union for Democratic Communications, and co-host of the Project Censored radio show.

The bookstore is wheelchair accessible through the cafe, via the push-button doors of the building lobby.

Event date: 
Friday, March 20, 2020 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
45 South Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
United States of Distraction: Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America (and What We Can Do about It) (City Lights Open Media) Cover Image
By Mickey Huff, Nolan Higdon, Ralph Nader (Foreword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780872867673
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: City Lights Books - August 20th, 2019

A powerful critique of how manipulation of media gives rise to disinformation, intolerance, and divisiveness, and what can be done to change direction.


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