Jay Rosen, Ph.D., a cultural critic and writer, arrived in Scranton on Friday to kick-off Schemel Forum with “The People Formerly Known as Audience and the Election of Donald Trump,” the first of the year’s lectures presented for The University’s world affairs luncheons.
Rosen, who teaches journalism at New York University, was quick to note that this was his first visit to the city of Scranton, though he appreciated the similarities between the region and his native Buffalo, N.Y. As Rosen entered into his discussion, he explained that he recently modified his lecture’s original title to address the latest presidential election, suggesting the relevance of this discourse.
During his one-and-a-half hour long lecture and discussion, Rosen addressed the topic of media in the modern age and its future under the Trump administration. Much of the lecture revolved around the ongoing deconstruction of the older “gate keeping” model of journalism, in which media controlled the topics and how they were addressed.
Rosen explained that this all changed when a media “revolution” came about with the advent of the internet and social media. This has created a new, more two-sided level of discourse between journalists and their audience. Rosen wants to figure out how to move forward while maintaining the profession’s relevance and integrity. Various attendees posed questions regarding the current political climate and state of journalism, especially in regards to the Trump election and presidency.
The Schemel Forum is an educational initiative at The University, which, along with providing refreshments for attendees, invites guests to The University in order to foster intellectual discourse. All world affair luncheons last from noon-1:30 p.m. and are held in the Rose Room of Brennan Hall. Attendance costs $20 per person and $30 per couple.
The next Schemmel forum will occur Friday, with Stephen Kinzer’s lecture “The Greatest Question That Has Ever Been Presented to the American People,” which will involve a discussion on whether or not the United States should focus on domestic or international policy.