This Saturday, March 1st, I'll be speaking on a panel called Politics, Press, and Propaganda. Here's a summary from the website:
The media plays an interesting and powerful role in US politics. Media in all its forms is the conduit through which information is tempered, exacerbated, processed, and consolidated before reaching the eyes and ears of the general public. Print and broadcast journalism, as well as the performing and visual arts are substantive filters through which we perceive our not so immediate reality; they are how we become privy to the private and exposed to knowledge beyond our scope. In an age where information knows no bounds and in a nation where the media landscape has become veritable playground of corporate monoliths, taking anything at face value runs the risk of becoming a benign drone. As a serially disenfranchised minority, it is imperative that black Americans become proactive and discerning consumes and conveyors of political news and debate. Too often have black Americans been told what to think and what to act upon by both the power within and without and it time to reclaim personal searches for truth and question. Through a moderation panel of journalist, artists, and social commentators, State of the Union: Politics, Press, and Propaganda seeks to question the legitimacy of both mainstream and marginal media sources and expound upon the multitudes of resources available to investigate the socio-political issues at hand in the approaching political campaigns.
A big thanks to Kristian Henderson for making things happen.
See you all when I get back.