A thank you letter

Hi everyone!

Thanks again for participating in this summer reading experiment. It’s been a real joy discussing these big ideas with you.

Just three books in — “News for All the People” by Joseph Torres + Juan Gonzalez, “The View From Somewhere” by Lewis Raven Wallace, and “Manufacturing Consent” by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky — it became abundantly clear just how consistent journalism’s core issues have been across the centuries. From the beginning of American printing, profit-minded ownership and media consolidation have led to systemic prejudice against marginalized groups, both in hiring and coverage, which often results in coverage that reinforces existing power structures instead of challenging them. We’re long overdue for action.

While book club is ending (at least for 2020!), the reading list will remain free and available to everyone.

Sincerely,

Eleanor

Meeting #3: The Final Countdown

Thanks for signing up for this reading experiment. It’s great to have you here. Here are some updates about how to prepare for our third book club meeting 🎉

What we’re reading📚

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky

In this pathbreaking work, the authors show that, contrary to the usual image of the news media as cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitous in their search for truth and defense of justice, in their actual practice they defend the economic, social, and political agendas of the privileged groups that dominate domestic society, the state, and the global order.

When we’re meeting🤳🏽

We’ll be meeting at 4 p.m. EST this Sunday, Oct. 4 to discuss Manufacturing Consent. I’m sending the Zoom invite to subscriber emails directly, so LMK if you haven’t received it by EOD.

If you have questions you want to ask the group, submit them here.

Extracurricular reads🤓

If you’re seeking more info about the authors, the book, or its contents, look no further. . .

  • In 2018, Al Jazeera did a TV special on the 30th anniversary of Manufacturing Consent, which offers some insight into its continued relevance today. As Noam expands upon in this 2019 Q&A, he thinks social media hasn’t changed his model at all.

  • Matt Taibbi is. . . wrong about a lot of things. But he’s also a big part of the convo around Manufacturing today. His 2019 book, Hate, Inc., is supposed to be something of an update on the OG propaganda model. Here’s Jacobin’s review of the new book, and a Q&A with Taibbi on the topic.

  • More context on the co-authors: Edward S. Herman died in 2017. Here’s his WaPo obit. Noam is 91. Here’s a really thorough overview of his contributions to linguistics and philosophy.

  • This is meta: the South China Morning Post, whose trials and tribulations under an authoritarian regime The Atlantic recently documented, ran a short column last year about a study showing the “US media manufacture consent on Hong Kong.”

Get in touch✍🏽

You can reach me at elliepses@gmail.com or on Twitter @elliepses (DMs are open). Questions, comments, concerns, reading recommendations—I’ll take it all!

And, as always, the full History of Journalism reading List is available here.

Meeting #3: Ready, Set, Go

Hello hello!

Thanks for signing up for this reading experiment. It’s great to have you here. Here are some updates about how to prepare for our third book club meeting 🎉

What we’re reading📚

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky

In this pathbreaking work, the authors show that, contrary to the usual image of the news media as cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitous in their search for truth and defense of justice, in their actual practice they defend the economic, social, and political agendas of the privileged groups that dominate domestic society, the state, and the global order.

When we’re meeting🤳🏽

We’ll be meeting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4 to discuss Manufacturing Consent. I’ll send out a Zoom calendar event in a few weeks, so stay tuned.

To watch the recording of our August Q&A with Lewis Raven Wallace, author of The View From Somewhere: Undoing the Myth of Journalistic Objectivity, click here.

Get in touch✍🏽

You can reach me at elliepses@gmail.com or on Twitter @elliepses (DMs are open). Questions, comments, concerns, reading recommendations—I’ll take it all!

And, as always, the full History of Journalism reading List is available here.

Meeting #2: The Final Countdown

Hello hello!

Thanks for signing up for this reading experiment. It’s great to have you here.

What we’re reading📚

For our August book club, we’ve chosen The View From Somewhere: Undoing the Myth of Journalistic Objectivity by Lewis Raven Wallace.

It’s not too late to start reading—or listening! Wallace has also produced a podcast miniseries, The View From Somewhere: A Podcast About Journalism With Purpose, which covers a lot of the same territory.

When we’re meeting🤳🏽

We’re going to be meeting at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 23.

To reduce the risk of Zoom bombing, I will be sending the meeting login privately to each subscriber. If you don’t see it in your inbox by EOD, let me know!

Author Lewis Raven Wallace will be joining us. To submit your questions for him, fill out this Google Form.

Extracurricular reads🤓

If you’re seeking more info about the authors, the book, or its contents, look no further. . .

News You Can Use🗞

Get in touch✍🏽

Questions, comments, concerns, reading recommendations—I’ll take it all! You can reach me at elliepses@gmail.com or on Twitter @elliepses (DMs are open).

And, as always, the full History of Journalism reading List is available here.

Meeting #2: Ready, Set, Go

Hello hello!

Thanks for signing up for this reading experiment. It’s great to have you here.

What we’re reading📚

For our August book club meeting, we’ll be reading. . .

The View From Somewhere: Undoing the Myth of Journalistic Objectivity by Lewis Raven Wallace

Raven Wallace dives deep into the history of “objectivity” in journalism and how it’s been used to gatekeep and silence marginalized writers as far back as Ida B. Wells. At its core, this is a book about fierce journalists who have pursued truth and transparency and sometimes been punished for it—not just by tyrannical governments but by journalistic institutions themselves. 

When we’re meeting🤳🏽

Our Zoom meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23. Once again, the author has agreed to join us for a 30 minute Q&A! I will share a Zoom link at a later date, as well as a form for submitting questions for Raven Wallace.

Missed the July meeting? NBD. You can watch a recording of the last Q&A here. It cuts right to the quick with my first question for News For All the People co-author Juan González about the origins of this book project.

Attended the July meeting and have thoughts on how we can improve? Provide feedback here.

News you can use🗞

Get in touch✍🏽

You can reach me at elliepses@gmail.com or on Twitter @elliepses (DMs are open). Questions, comments, concerns, reading recommendations—I’ll take it all!

And, as always, the full History of Journalism reading list is available here.

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