James Fallows, Nat'l Correspondent for the Atlantic, Kicks Off Series with "Learning to Love the (Shallow, Divisive, Unreliable) New Media," Nov. 17
James Fallows, national correspondent for the Atlantic, will present a public lecture titled, "Learning to Love the (Shallow, Divisive, Unreliable) New Media" on Thursday, November 17, 2011 in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. His talk will mark the inauguration of the School's "Media and Public Policy" series. The series, which was inspired by Fallows' article about new media in the April issue of the Atlantic, will examine how the new media influences thinking, knowledge, and analysis in order to understand its impact on policy.
James Fallows is based in Washington as a national correspondent for the Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for nearly 30 years and in that time has also lived in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar.
In addition to working for the Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot. He is also now the chair in U.S. media at the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, in Australia.
Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and has won a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series Doing Business in China. He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. His two most recent books, Blind Into Baghdad (2006) and Postcards from Tomorrow Square (2009) are based his writings for the Atlantic. He is at work on another book about China.
The event will be videotaped and archived online for later viewing on the Woodrow Wilson School’s webmedia site – http://wws.princeton.edu/webmedia.
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