Media in the age of Trump; Trump in the age of media

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm University Religious Center (“Fishbowl”), 835 West 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089

The familiar, but now fading, constellation of national and local newspapers, television and radio filtered, interpreted and verified events, if imperfectly.  Facebook, Twitter and other digital media have disrupted the constellation and removed the filter. Trump now tweets directly to his followers and calls verification “fake news.” Is he the shape of things to come? Optimists say that he built his image on the old medium of network television, and that one cannot become a Trump through new media alone. He is a one-off. Pessimists say new media encourage demagoguery. In this talk, former journalist and CEO for the Economist David Gordon examines the Trump phenomenon in today’s media.

Part of the USC Emeriti Center RFA Distinguished Lecture Series, this talk will be held at the University Religious Center. Students are encouraged to attend. Box lunches will be served. There is no charge for attending this event, but please RSVP below.

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