October 18, 2007

Media and the Soul of the Citizen

In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury envisioned a culture where people have lost interest in reading and in interacting with others and with the world around them. They are anesthetized by wall-size televisions that spew an endless stream of dumbed-down reality programs that don’t require them to think, read, or act. Sound familiar?

What is the role of the media in this age of infotainment, YouTube and the never-ending news cycle? What responsibility do citizens have in navigating the brave new world of new media?

A panel of journalists will address these questions at "Media and the Soul of the Citizen" on Tuesday, October 30 at 7 p.m. at the Portsmouth Public Library.

Aine Donovan, Executive Director of the Ethics Institute at Dartmouth College, will moderate the discussion. Dr. Donovan's research emphasis and publications are in the areas of moral education, applied ethics, professional ethics, and philosophy of education. The panelists will be Andrew Merton, reporter and UNH professor; political correspondent for the Boston Globe James Pindell; and award winning journalist Annmarie Timmins of the Concord Monitor.

This Big Read event is co-sponsored by the Portsmouth Public Library and was organized by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

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