pencil-fullIs everything you see, read and hear in the news 'true'? Does the news simply 'reflect' the world as it is? Or is our 'view' of the world shaped by it? Does it matter? In a special lecture entitled "Is Perspective Everything? News, Bias, Reality – From Telegraph to Twitter", Dr. Herbert Pimlott addresses these questions as he explores a relationship that has been at the core of how our society works: the relationship between journalism and democracy.

Presented by the Bluewater Association for Lifelong Learning (BALL), on Monday April 13, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, this lecture will be held at the Bayshore Community Centre, Owen Sound. Tickets, $5.00 for BALL members and $15.00 for non-members, may be purchased at the registration desk between 9:15 and 9:55 a.m. prior to all BALL lectures, and on Monday, April 13.

Dr. Herbert Pimlott is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. An 'accidental academic', Dr. Pimlott has worked in a number of different occupations prior to his present career, from dishwasher, farm labourer and adult educator, to radio journalist and video editor.

In this talk, Dr. Pimlott examines how news has evolved historically, under the impact of changes in technology, economy and society, from the telegraph and the US Civil War, through to the introduction of television and the impact of the Vietnam War, and the arrival of social media such as Twitter. He highlights also some of the ways in which language itself shapes the way we understand the world. WARNING: You might not see, hear, read the news in the same way again!

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