11/12/2012 6:00 pm
11/12/2012 8:00 pm
ERIC DEGGANS, TV and Media Critic for the Tampa Bay Times, will read from and discuss his provocative book, RACE-BAITER: HOW THE MEDIA WIELDS DANGEROUS WORDS TO DIVIDE A NATION. Race-Baiter traces the history of "prejudice as a business model" and its consequences - intended or otherwise - examining the powerful ways modern media feeds fear and hate. Deggans shows how today’s media platforms play on old prejudices and deep-rooted fears, sending coded messages and demonizing opposing groups, in the fight for valuable audience share and website traffic, pushing the same old buttons of conflict and division for new purposes.
“Eric Deggans is one of the most insightful and provocative writers about television today. In his columns…and his NPR commentaries, Deggans has established himself as a voice worth listening to. His many fans - and I'm one of them - will devour this book.” Andy Borowitz, The Borowitz Report
"If you care about this country, if you want to take part in a citizen’s movement that helps heal the deep racial, economic, and cultural divides tearing us apart, you must read Eric Deggans’ Race-Baiter. No book of recent vintage so thoroughly dissects the media’s monetized appetite for division. Provocative, honest, and smart, Race-Baiter is a supremely important book. Read it and let the conversation begin." Connie May Fowler
“Eric Deggans proves that he is one of the most insightful and courageous writers covering today's fast-shifting media landscape. This is an important book.” Michele Norris, NPR's All Things Considered
Deggans is a veteran journalist, writing for Florida’s largest newspaper since 1995, and is also a freelance contributor to National Public Radio, CNN.com and the Huffington Post. His work has appeared in print ranging from the conservative Newsmax magazine to the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Miami Herald and Detroit News, and VIBE, Hispanic, and Ebony magazines. Deggans regularly appears as a pundit/expert on various network and cable news shows.