This class is about today’s world and how we perceive it.
We will explore contemporary news media of as many sorts as seem to matter,
with attention to their impact, accuracy, intellectual integrity in shaping American political culture. We will examine as many concrete examples as possible as well as exploring traditional and contemporary frameworks for assessing journalistic worth.
We will consider what it means to our democratic form of government to have voters who are uninformed, misinformed, misled, or deceived, and what is the proper role of media in this context? What is the responsibility of other institutions, such as political parties? What is the responsibility of individuals? Who is to hold whom accountable?
Wednesdays, April 4 through May 9, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Norman Williams Library (History Room)
William Boardman writes political pieces for Reader Supported News (example, F-35 in Burlington: http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/48225-focus-democrats-and-progressives-push-us-war-machine-in-vermont.) He is the author of the book, WCS Woodstock Country School, A History of Institutional Denial (2017). He was a Windsor County Assistant Judge for twenty years.