SARASOTA (November 9, 2012) – USF Sarasota-Manatee, as part of its ‘Conversations with Authors’ series, welcomes controversial author Eric Deggans in a program with Herald-Tribune Media Group Opinion Editor Tom Tryon. The subject is Deggan’s new book, “Race Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation.”
The conversation and audience Q&A session will be held at the USFSM Selby Auditorium on Tuesday, November 13 from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a reception and book signing. The event will also be shown on C-SPAN2 Book TV. For air date and time, check BookTV.org. The ‘Conversations with Authors’ series is a partnership of USF Sarasota-Manatee and Bookstore1Sarasota. The reception is sponsored by Gulf Coast Community Foundation.
Deggans, a TV critic and a writer for the Tampa Bay Times, says modern media divides and controls the public by playing to our most ingrained stereotypes and assumptions, stoking controversy to keep us—and advertisers—hooked. In his new book, the NPR, CNN.com, Huffington Post, Fox News Channel and PBS denizen talks about how network and cable news, reality television, talk radio and prime-time programming degrade our national political discourse and our lives. The Sandra Fluke and Trayvon Martin cases are just two recent examples in the national headlines.
Hear Deggans and Tryon boldly dissect the new landscape of fear and prejudice that the author says our highly partisan news coverage now inhabits.
Ticket prices are $10 in advance and $15 at the door and the event is free for students, faculty, and staff. More information is available at usfsm.edu/conversationswithauthors.
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