Eric Klinenberg on "Fighting for Air" at Hull House, January 17

Posted by Mitchell - January 15, 2007 (entry 513)

The Battle to Control America's Media

A Dialogue with Author Eric Klinenberg

Wednesday, January 17
12:00-1:30 P.M.
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 S. Halsted St.
Residents' Dining Hall
This program is free and open to the public. A free lunch will be served.
Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the Jane Addams Hull- House Museum at 312.413.5353.

Today when a media conglomerate buys yet another radio station, yet another television station, yet another newspaper, it barely makes the nightly news or the front page. In Fighting for Air, sociologist Eric Klinenberg examines how damaging media conglomerates are to society because of the demise of truly local journalism. Klinenberg forcefully shows how the large conglomerates undermine the media's diversity and community-service mission across America, leaving individuals more disconnected from society than ever before.

The book also includes a study of local projects in Lawndale and other Chicago areas where underdogs are fighting back! Join the discussion with Klinenberg, author of the highly acclaimed Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, as we discuss the role of local media and the forces that threaten it today.

Eric Klinenberg has written an extraordinary and powerful account of the devastating elimination of localism in U.S. media and journalism, and how Americans from all walks of life are rising up to challenge the great media crisis that grips our nation today. Brilliantly written and tightly argued, Fighting for Air is the perfect book for anyone wanting to understand what is going on in this country, and why it is so important to our future.
-Robert W. McChesney, author of The Problem of the Media

Eric Klinenberg is Associate Professor of Sociology at New York University. His first book, Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, was profiled in The New Yorker as well as a variety of other national media outlets. The recipient of numerous academic awards and fellowships, he has also written for Rolling Stone, The Nation, and Slate.

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