Distinguished Lecture: “Media in the Age of Trump” – Nov 10

RFA Distinguished Lecture:

“Media in the Age of Trump; Trump in the Age of Media”

with David Gordon

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 direct 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, Gordon examines the Trump phenomenon in today’s media.

David Gordon has had a varied career. He was a journalist on The Economist and then switched to management, becoming its CEO. He has run the British television news broadcaster, ITN. He then moved into the arts as the Secretary (Director) of the Royal Academy of Arts, and subsequently became director of the Milwaukee Art Museum after the opening of its Calatrava-designed addition. He is now a strategy consultant and lives in Sierra Madre.

Friday, November 10, 2017
Noon – 2:00 p.m.
URC Fishbowl (835 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0751)

RSVP: http://bit.ly/RFALecture11-10-17

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. There is no charge for this event. Sandwiches provided.

For additional information contact Jerry Walker, Associate Provost (Ret.) at jbwalker@usc.edu.