Michael X. Delli Carpini chosen as 2013 Thomas Scheidel Lecturer
The Department of Communication welcomes Michael Delli Carpini, Dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, as the 2013 Thomas Scheidel Lecturer. His talk, titled “After Broadcast News: Media Regimes, Democracy, and the New Information Environment” will be held Wednesday, May 8, at 3:30 p.m. in CMU 120.
Synopsis: The new media environment has challenged the role of professional journalists as the primary source of politically relevant information. Drawing on the argument I and Bruce Williams make in our recent book, I put this challenge into historical context, arguing that it is the latest of several critical moments, driven by economic, political, cultural, and technological changes, in which the relationship among citizens, political elites, and the media has been contested. Out of these past moments, distinct “media regimes” eventually emerged, each with its own seemingly natural rules and norms, and each the result of political struggle with clear winners and losers. The media regime in place for the latter half of the twentieth century has been dismantled, but a new regime has yet to emerge. Assuring this regime is a democratic one requires serious consideration of what was most beneficial and most problematic about past regimes and what is potentially most beneficial and most problematic about today’s new information environment.
Brief Bio: Michael X. Delli Carpini (Ph.D., Minnesota) is the Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. His research explores the role of the citizen in American politics, with particular emphasis on the impact of the mass media on public opinion, political knowledge and political participation. He has written numerous articles, essays and edited volumes on political communication, public opinion and political socialization. Dean Delli Carpini was awarded the 2008 Murray Edelman Distinguished Career Award from the Political Communication Section of the American Political Science Association.