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James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, inaugurated the Wilson School’s new “Media and Public Policy” series on November 17 with a public lecture titled, “Learning to Love the (Shallow, Divisive, Unreliable) New Media.” The series, which was inspired by Fallows’ article about new media in the April issue of The Atlantic, will be examining how the new media influences thinking, knowledge, and analysis in order to understand its impact on policy. Fallows has worked for The Atlantic for nearly 30 years. In addition he spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter and two years as editor of US News & World Report. He is the founding chairman of the New America Foundation and is currently the chair in US Media at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, in Australia.