Sun., Sept 18: Reality Bites Back at Brooklyn Book Festival

As a born-and-bred Brooklynite — and a lit geek, ‘natch — I’m thrilled to be bringing Reality Bites Back to the fifth annual Brooklyn Book Festival, along with brilliant writers including Laura Flanders, Jeremy Scahill, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and several Pulitzer Prize winners.

WHERE: Brooklyn Historical Society Main Hall (128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY)

WHEN: 5pm, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011

WHAT: Media Representations and Reality: The debate continues over whether the media reflects reality or has a hand in shaping it. Like Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, the act of presenting the news can

very often alter it. No one knows this better than Brooke Gladstone of “On the Media,” whose new book The Influencing Machine with Josh Neufeld examines the role of the media in American society. Patrice Evans, (Negropedia), examines media representations of African-Americans, and Jennifer Pozner (Reality Bites Back) looks at the completely unreal world of reality television. Moderated by Juan Gonzalez (News for All the People).

Haven’t heard yet from the panel organizers about whether I’m going to be giving prepared remarks, just answering questions from the moderator, or both, but whatever the format, I’ll do my best to discuss the media economics, product placement advertising, and virulent institutional sexism and racism at play within reality television. And I’ll throw in some laughs, like I

New York City, NY – 09/27/10

Ladies of the Left: White Women Talk White Privilege, Progressive Media, AntiRacism
18:30 - All Ages
Brecht Forum (map)
451 West Street bet Bank & Bethune
New York City, NY
Other Info
White privilege, notions of power, challenging white America, talking tough personal truths dealing with the work of undoing racism, asking how much stronger progressive media can and should be.
Come on Out. Hear a Personal, Professional, Historical, Institutional Perspective. And be heard.
Power Panel, Monologue, Q&A

Join Us. Come Out. Take Part.

Admission: $10

Laura Flanders - New York Times Best-selling author, Host of GRITtv, the daily show on MNN (Ch 34) and CUNY-TV (Ch 75.)

J Love Calderon - Author, Educator, Activist; Editor 'Love, Race, & Liberation: Til The White Day Is Done

Jennifer l. Pozner - Founder & Executive Director of Women in Media & News

Margery Freeman - Educator and Activist; organizer and trainer with The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond & The Anti-Racist Alliance

Moderated by:

Esther Armah - International Award winning Journalist, New York Radio Host Wake Up Call & Off The Page WBAI99.5FM & Playwright.