Visions of a Sustainable Future: Journalists as Public Intellectuals in the Climate Change Debate

4:00 pm on Thursday, March 28, 2013
5:00 pm on Thursday, March 28, 2013
Contact Name:
Mina Tsay-Vogel
In the March COM Research Colloquium, Dr. Matthew Nisbet (Associate Professor of Communication and Co-Director of the Center for Social Media, American University, Washington, D.C.) examines the role of prominent journalists as public intellectuals in society today. In the tradition of Walter Lippmann, these best-selling authors, essayists, columnists, and bloggers specialize in the analysis and translation of complex subjects, often also championing specific policy positions. In doing so, they influence how we think and talk, infusing the abstract with meaning, and turning the complex into a common vocabulary. Dr. Nisbet focuses specifically on journalists writing about climate change, sustainability, and economic growth, evaluating the careers and work of prolific essayist-turned-activist Bill McKibben (author of The End of Nature, Deep Economy), New York Times columnist Tom Friedman (Hot, Flat, and Crowded), and New York Times environmental writer Andrew Revkin (the Dot Earth blog).