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.