The Buzz comes to Beechview and Mt. Washington

The Buzz comes to CLP–Beechview and CLP-Mt. Washington!  Quarterly book discussions will be held outside of the library at coffee shops and restaurants in Beechview and Mt. Washington.  The first book discussion was hosted by Brew on Broadway in Beechview.  (They have the best iced chai that I ever tasted!)  The next discussion will be hosted by Grand Brew on Saturday, June 22, 2013 @ 10:30 AM.  Grand Brew is located at 122 Shiloh Street in Mt. Washington.

So, what’s on the buzz meter this month?

The Influencing MachineBrook Gladstone On The Media illustrated by Josh Neufeld.

Let’s talk about media biases:

  • commercial bias
  • bad news bias
  • status quo bias
  • access bias
  • visual bias
  • narrative bias
  • fairness bias

Something to think about:  (p. 78)

“Out of the Civil War emerges the template for future war journalism–use and abuse of new technology, press releases, censorship, passive reporting…Reporting of dazzling clarity and reporting warped in the heat of high ideals and love of country.  Oh, and something else comes out of the Civil War…Bylines!  Before the war, reporting is anonymous.  The founding fathers used pseudonyms to attack each other in print.  But General Joe Hooker, enraged by the press, demands reporters sign their work.  Then they can abuse or criticize me to their heart’s content.  In future wars, the military contains the media through the skillful deployment of carrots and sticks, and an irresistible force–patriotism. It’s said that Senator Hiram Johnson, opposing America’s entry into World War One in 1917, first uttered the words that have resounded ever since…The first casualty when war comes is truth.


Other buzz-worthy titles:

Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now by Douglas Rushkoff.

Big Data:  A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think  by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier.

Masters of the Word:  How Media Shaped History, from the Alphabet to the Internet  by William J. Bernstein.