November 9, 2001
Forum to explore war, peace and mass media
Almost immediately following the September
11 tragedies, an international debate about American news
media performance commenced.
William Dorman, a California State University, Sacramento
government professor and published author, will lead a campus
forum that will try to shed light on the issue. The free forum
is called "September 11: War, Peace and the Mass Media,"
and will be held at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the University
Union Hinde Auditorium.
"When President Bush declared the 'first war of the 21st
Century' against terrorism, the debate over American news
media began. The debate grew louder after the U.S. launched
air strikes on Afghanistan in October. A similar debate has
accompanied other conflicts ranging from the 1991 Gulf War
to the 1999 NATO War in Yugoslavia." Dorman says.
At the forum, Dorman plans to discuss the importance of mainstream
media as well as ways the tendency of mainstream press to
follow the lead of political elites during times of war.
"My goal is to examine why the news media matter during
times of international conflict, sketch out the nature of
current debates and survey what research tells us about how
journalism actually performs during times of war," Dorman
Panel respondents include Barbara O'Connor, CSUS communication
studies professor and director of the Institute for Politics
and the Media, and Buzz Fouzoni, CSUS government professor
with a background on the Middle East. There will also be time
for questions from the audience. For media assistance contact
CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.
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