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Questions about race and media? See my final book signing as Times TV/Media Critic Friday at The Club in Treasure Island

Eric Deggans



Why did CBS take so long to reveal racist comments made by white participants inside the house-like set of its reality TV show Big Brother? And why have TV viewers, even now, only seen comments made by one person when several others did the same?

Why are efforts to compare the murder of Australian baseball player Chris Lane by three teens – one black, one bi-racial and one white – to George Zimmerman’s shooting of black teen Trayvon Martin ultimately unfair and inaccurate?

Why did the election of America’s first non-white president create more conversation about race difference, prejudice and stereotypes than less? And why are some people so angry about that?

If you have wondered about the answers to these questions or similar ones, I urge you to join me at 5:30 p.m. Friday (tomorrow) for a discussion and signing of my book, Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation.

I’ll be delivering a talk and town hall discussion on race, media and society at The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island, FL 33706 (727-367-4511).

Even if you have seen my talk about themes in my book, you may want to stop by again, because I have developed a new, hourlong presentation using more recent examples to illustrate the ideas in my book. We’ll take apart how media outlets on all sides of the political spectrum use race issues to build audiences, and ultimately, profits.

After a year of visiting different colleges, community centers and book festivals to speak about Race-Baiter, I’ve realized it’s a book which works on many levels. In one way, it’s a media literacy book – with loads of information on how outlets manipulate viewers, why the audience is shown what it sees and how to decode the unspoken values behind the materials.

In another way, the book is a race literacy book, talking in-depth about surveys, studies and observations which reveal how issues of racism, sexism and cultural prejudices play out in the modern media era.

This is also my last speech in the Tampa Bay area as the TV/Media Critic for the Tampa Bay Times; on Sept. 30, I start work as NPR’s first TV Critic.

So join us in a compelling, educational and wide-ranging discussion, which includes a chance to buy a signed copy of my book at a discount from what you’d pay in a local bookstore.

Click here to hear an interview with WNPR host Colin McEnroe I conducted on Wednesday before a speech in Hartford, Conn.

Click here for more information or go to for more information on my future speaking engagements and my new position.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 19, 2013 3:38pm]


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