Thursday, October 06, 2011

"Writing From The Shadows Of Afghanistan"

Journalist and author Terry Glavin—the University of Victoria’s fifth Harvey Stevenson Southam Lecturer in Journalism and Nonfiction—is sharing his personal experiences with Afghanistan and a shifting media landscape with UVic students this year.

Glavin’s lecture and discussion course, “Orwell and Everything After,” explores what he deems “a disorienting time of social, geopolitical and economic upheaval”—but far from describing the era of George Orwell (1984, Animal Farm), he’s actually referring to the world today.

“Today’s revolutionary transition from analog to digital media is as epochal to the way we communicate ideas, stories and report ‘news’ as yesterday’s transition from an oral to a written-word culture,” explains Glavin. “But what has endured is our continuing evolution as a species that comprehends and explains the world through narrative . . . what also appears likely to endure is the value most people place on true stories.”

More here.The book is now available here. Or here.


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