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THINKING ALLOWED
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Thinking Allowed
Wednesday 16:00-16:30
Laurie Taylor discusses the latest social science research.
05 November 2008
repeat  09 Nov
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US ELECTIONS AND THE MEDIA
The printed press is often criticised for amongst others muck-raking, for its obsession with short term events, for relishing conflict and being cynical about politicians… The US Presidential Election saw new media play a significant role, in the shape of Facebook, YouTube as well as candidates own websites and online funding initiatives.

Laurie Taylor is joined by Professor Michael Schudson, author of a new book entitled Why Democracies Need an Unlovable Press, and Rachel Gibson, Professor of Political Science at the University of Manchester to consider if the printed press deserves to be castigated for being anti-democratic and debate whether it could be in decline.


TRIBUTE TO STUDS TERKEL
Studs Terkel
died last week, Laurie Taylor remembers when he last met him. In 2002, Laurie travelled to Chicago to find out what had happened to the sociological tradition in town. He joined young Chicago sociologist, Peter St Jean, for a visit to Bronzeville, the city’s south side and by far Chicago’s highest violent crime district. Soon after, Laurie met up with Studs Terkel to hear a story about the renowned Blues singer, Big Bill Broonzy.
Additional information:

Professor Michael Schudson
Distinguished Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California San Diego, and Professor of Communication at the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University

Why Democracies Need an Unlovable Press
Publisher: Polity Press
ISBN-10: 0745644538
ISBN-13: 978-0745644530

Professor Rachel Gibson
Professor of Political Science at the University Of Manchester

Studs Terkel

Big Bill Broonzy

Music: I Feel So Good (track 12)
CD: BIG BILL BRRONZY – MUDDY WATERS
Label: ROOTS RTS33035
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