Ah, heck, until I write my own book I guess I’ll have to settle for the foreward to a book. It’s right there on page 10 of “My Seductive Cuba,” by Chen Lizra.
In Introduction to Mass Communication class at Flagler College, we’re talking about books this morning.
No. #1 on Amazon:
- In September 2012: No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden.
- In September 2011: The Hunger Games. See trailer.
Books are covered in chapter 3 of Baran’s Introduction to Mass Communication, pages 54-83. Lecture notes are below:
- Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Former book burner Guy Montag watches an old woman burn to death with her books. He says: “There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house…”
- Books have traditionally been a powerful force of social and cultural change (Examples: “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, “The Grapes of Wrath”, “Our Bodies, Ourselves”).
- Baran: “Books tend to encourage personal reflection… We are along when we read a book.”
- Censorship. YouTube: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
National Endowment for the Arts: Reading proficiency is declining among people 15 to 24 years old. Time reading anything at all: 7 to 10 minutes per day. Time watching TV: 2 1/2 hours. NEA chair Dana Gioia: “Because these people read less, they read less well. Because they read less well, they do more poorly in school, in the job market, in civic life.”
Question for discussion: What are the consequences of a decline in leisure reading?
Impact of Internet and digital technology on book industry
- Participation of the crowd
- Restructuring: Convergence, E-books, Print on demand.
- 81,000 book publishers. Industry dominated by a few giants.
- Electronic-books: Threat or Opportunity? – number of eBook readers not entirely clear
- Association of American Publishers: “…fewer than half of Americans even buy a book in a typical year. So for 12 percent of all Americans to have an e-reader is not trivial. Meanwhile, print sales are down about 25 percent.”
- March 1, 2011: Is Borders’ Bankruptcy the End of Brick and Mortar Stores?
Arizona Public Media: “Writer Charles Bowden says drugs are the number one industry in Mexico, except possibly for petroleum. Bowden, whose latest book is titled Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s Killing Fields says if the drug cartels were defeated and the drug trade stopped, Mexico’s economy would collapse.
Bowden says the same applies to immigration because America’s economy would collapse without the importation of cheap labor. An award-winning writer, with two dozen books of non-fiction to his credit focuses in his current book on the the place now known as the murder capital of the world, Juarez, Mexico.”
Bob Rivard. From his biography: “Robert Rivard, 52, has worked for five Texas newspapers over his 28-year career, and also has served as a foreign correspondent in Central America and as a senior editor at Newsweek magazine in New York. In April 2000, he was chosen by Editor & Publisher magazine in New York as its first annual ‘Editor of the Year.’
The magazine cited several reasons in selecting Rivard among the nation’s 1,100 newsroom leaders. First and foremost was the leadership he demonstrated in the case of Philip True, the newspaper’s Mexico City bureau chief who was murdered in December 1998 while on assignment in Huichol Indian territory in western Mexico. Rivard traveled to Mexico after True disappeared and convinced the Zedillo Administration to mount a major search effort, and he was in the small search party that located True’s hidden grave.”
From his biography: “A native of Thunder Bay, Canada, Ron Chepesiuk is a full-time freelance journalist and film producer based in Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA, which is located just outside Charlotte, North Carolina. In all, Ron has published 25 books and more than 4,000 original articles in FHM, USA Today, Black Enterprise, Woman’s World, Modern Maturity, The Rotarian, New York Times Syndicate, Toronto Star, Los Angeles Times Syndicate, Collier´s Encyclopedia, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the New York Daily News and more than 400 other print publications.”