Author Event | NY Times TV Critic James Poniewozik: Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America
Monday October 21, 2019: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby
NY Times Tv Critic James Poniewozik is joined in conversation with Susan J. Douglas Professor of Communication Studies at The University of Michigan. In his new book Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America, New York Times’s James Poniewozik argues that what made Donald Trump isn’t simply business or politics or populism. To understand President Trump, Poniewozik states, we need to understand modern television itself. In this new book, he breaks down the medium in fresh, piercing ways, finding the parallels between television’s forty-year fracturing and Trump’s ascendancy from gossip item to reality star. Poniewozik traces the culture’s growing fascination with antiheroes and celebrity and demonstrates just how far that has extended into Trump's presidency.
James Poniewozik has been the chief television critic of the New York Times since 2015. He was previously the television and media critic for Time and a media columnist for Salon. This event includes a signing with books for sale.
Susan J. Douglas is the Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Communication Studies, and former department chair, at The University of Michigan.