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The Gallery at REDCAT presents noted journalists and writers Marc Cooper, Robert Scheer and Suzi Weissman in the panel discussion Media & Democracy: From the Vietnam War to the Consolidation of “Alternative Facts” in the Digital Era. The program is the final in a series of events presented in conjunction with the gallery’s exhibition The Words of Others: León Ferrari and Rhetoric in Times of War, which is presented as part of the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.
Inspired by Ferrari’s use of press quotes for the composition of his Anti-Vietnam War piece The Words of Others (1967), the panelists will discuss the complex fluctuations in the relationship between democracy and media in U.S. political history from the 60’s to today.
Based on analysis of the role of the media and the dissident press during the Vietnam War, and the beginnings of the collapse of the Cold War consensus, the panel will address key issues such as the democratization of the media, the expansion of social media, with its increasing political polarization and deliberate missinformation practices, and their impact on our current democratic system.
The presentations will be followed by a discussion with a Q&A.
About the Panelists
Marc Cooper is an award winning journalist and author who has covered politics and culture from around the world for more than 40 years. His reporting has appeared in scores of publications ranging from The New Yorker and The Atlantic to Playboy, Rolling Stone and the L.A. Times. He has produced documentaries from the front lines of the Central American civil wars for CBS News, PBS Frontline and the Christian Science Monitor and for ten years was Marc anchor and executive producer of the syndicated news magazine Radio Nation. He recently retired as an Associate Professor of Journalism at the USC Annenberg School. Among the awards he has won, Marc is the recipient of the prestigious Best Journalism About Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. In the early 1970's he worked as translator to Chilean President Salvador Allende and narrowly escaped the 1983 military coup by General Pinochet.
Robert Scheer has built a reputation for strong social and political writing over his 30 years as a journalist. Between 1964 and 1969 he was Vietnam correspondent, managing editor and editor in chief of Ramparts magazine. From 1976 to 1993 Scheer served as a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, writing on diverse topics such as the Soviet Union, arms control, national politics and the military. Scheer has written eight books, including Thinking Tuna Fish, Talking Death: Essays on the Pornography of Power; With Enough Shovels: Reagan, Bush and Nuclear War and America after Nixon: The Age of Multinationals. Scheer is a former co-host of the political radio program Left, Right and Center on KCRW. He now hosts Scheer Intelligence, a half-hour KCRW podcast with people who, through a lifetime of engagement with political issues, offer unique and often surprising perspectives on the day's most important issues.
Suzi Weissman is Professor of Politics at Saint Mary's College of California and is on the editorial boards of Critique and Against the Current. She is the author of Victor Serge: A Political Biography, among other works, and is currently writing Leon Trotsky: The Most Dangerous Man in the World and co-producing a documentary feature film of the same name. Her emphasis is on working class and left dissent, and she has written on the conditions of American unions in Jacobin Magazine. Weissman’s recent writing has been about Stalin’s master spy in the Trotskyist Left Opposition in Europe and the US: “Etienne” (Mark Zborowski), “Portrait of Deception,” published in two parts in Critique Journal in 2015, as well as several articles on the Russian Revolution in its centenary year. She sits on the National Workers' Rights Board, podcasts Jacobin Radio, and broadcasts "Beneath the Surface" on KPFK in Los Angeles.
This lecture is part of the public programming for the exhibition The Words of Others: León Ferrari and Rhetoric in Times of War.
The exhibition is part of the Getty-led Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.
Major support for this exhibition is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.