April 19, 2006
Whitworth Journalism Professor Publishes Anthology of Quotes on Mass Media
The mass media's power to inform, influence, mislead or liberate has prompted people through the ages to comment on and criticize this integral - though not always appreciated - component of society. Whitworth Communication Studies Professor Gordon Jackson has collected nearly 1,500 quotes about mass media in an anthology, Watchdogs, Blogs and Wild Hogs. The compilation features scholarly and popular quotes by people - from Albert Camus to Jerry Seinfeld - who comment on a wide range of media, as well as on related themes including censorship, the First Amendment, and a free press.
The title Watchdogs, Blogs and Wild Hogs reflects several of the book's main themes: the watchdog role of the press and journalists in a democracy, the changing role of technology in the media, and the presence of tabloid journalism and other more entertainment-driven qualities that many people see as problems with the contemporary media. The "wild hogs" reference is drawn from a book, A Wild Hog Ate My Baby, which presents a history of tabloid journalism.
The book, published by New Media Ventures, divides the quotes into about 50 topics, including advertising, censorship, media ethics, photography, propaganda and war reporting. Watchdogs, Blogs and Wild Hogs will be available at local book stores and online at www.amazon.com by May 1.
"The audience for the book includes anyone involved in the media, of course, but also media scholars and non-specialists who have an interest in the media," Jackson says. "The collection covers a wide range of viewpoints. I expect most readers will find plenty to delight them, as well as other entries with which they will vigorously disagree. I don't think any thoughtful reader who cares about the media and its influence in our society could pick up this book and be bored."
Born and raised in South Africa, Jackson worked there as a journalist before coming to the United States to complete his doctorate in mass communication at Indiana University. In 1983 he joined the Whitworth College faculty, where he served as professor and chair of the department of communication studies before being appointed associate dean for academic affairs in 1998. Jackson is presently on a year's leave of absence from Whitworth, having concluded his duties as associate dean in summer 2005. He will return to full-time teaching in the communication-studies department in fall 2006.
Jackson has written six books, including three other anthologies of quotations: Never Scratch a Tiger with a Short Stick and Other Quotes for Leaders (NavPress, 2003); Quotes for the Journey, Wisdom for the Way (NavPress, 2000), and Outside Insights: Quotations for Contemporary South Africa (Human and Rousseau, 1997).
Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.
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