Power, Information, Opinion: Walter Lippmann in the Post-Industrial Era

  Dr Alistair Duff visited the Lippmann Papers (Walter Lippman’s personal archives and associated materials) at Yale University in autumn 2011.
Walter Lippmann (1889-1974), although not enjoying a current vogue, was the most eminent political journalist of his day. His opinion columns in newspapers such as the New York World were received with a reverence, not least by US Presidents, that is unimaginable in today’s media-information environment. Through research grounded in political philosophy and information science, as well as journalism studies, Dr Duff was able to review  primary sources, such as his unpublished diaries and letters and speech-plans.

This research is beginning to shed new light on a forgotten ‘prophet’. What can we learn from him today, in our very different, post-industrial, informatised, media-saturated and columnist-strewn era?

  • Start Date:

    9 September 2011

  • End Date:

    19 March 2012

  • Activity Type:

    Externally Funded Research

  • Funder:

    Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

  • Value:

    £1350

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