Power, Information, Opinion: Walter Lippmann in the Post-Industrial Era
09/09/2011 - 19/03/2012
£1,350 has been awarded for a scholarly study of relevance of the ideas of US columnist Lippmann for the computer age. The funding, from Carnegie, is to support a week with the Lippmann papers housed at Yale University Library.
Dr Alistair Duff visited the Lippmann Papers (Walter Lippman’s
personal archives and associated materials) at Yale University in autumn 2011.
Walter Lippmann (1889-1974), although not enjoying a current
vogue, was the most eminent political journalist of his day. His opinion
columns in newspapers such as the New
York World were received with a reverence, not least by US Presidents, that
is unimaginable in today’s media-information environment. Through research
grounded in political philosophy and information science, as well as journalism
studies, Dr Duff was able to review primary sources, such as his unpublished
diaries and letters and speech-plans.
This research is beginning to shed new light on a forgotten ‘prophet’. What
can we learn from him today, in our very different, post-industrial,
informatised, media-saturated and columnist-strewn era?
Power, Information, Opinion: Walter Lippmann in the Post-Industrial Era is a Research Charities & Trusts project funded by Carnegie Trust for Scotland.
Carried out in collaboration with and others.
For further information please refer to http://yufind.library.yale.edu/yufind/Record/1070574.
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