Power, Information, Opinion: Walter Lippmann in the Post-Industrial Era

09/09/2011 - 19/03/2012

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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and information science, as well as journalism studies, Dr Duff was able to review  primary sources, such as his unpublished diaries and letters and speech-plans.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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Duff, A. (2013). Pundit for Post-Industrial Times? Walter Lippmann as an Information Society Theorist. Information, Communication and Society, 16, (6), 967-988.