If you're near New York, you might want to think about attending this conference on Nov.7. This could be a great conference...
There You Go Again: Orwell Comes to America
Invited to attend are historians, linguists, cognitive experts, journalists, government officials, and political consultants to assess the current state of public discourse — and journalism’s response to it — one year before a hotly contested presidential election. The panels explore the past, present, and future of deceptive political speech, and assess what can be done to bring more realism and honesty into the conduct of America’s public affairs.
Some of the many participants:
Nicholas Lemann, dean and Henry R. Luce Professor, The Journalism School, Columbia University
George Lakoff, Co-Founder and Senior Fellow, Rockridge Institute and the Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics, UC Berkeley
Frank Luntz, Republican political pollster and consultant; author of Words That Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear
Michael J. Copps, commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
Charlayne Hunter-Gault, broadcast journalist, former CNN bureau chief, and chief national correspondent, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer
Josh Marshall, publisher of Talking Points Memo, TPMmuckraker, TPM Election Central and TPMCafe
Alessandra Stanley, television critic and former Moscow-bureau co-chief, The New York Times
Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director, Center on U.S.-China Relations, Asia Society; former dean, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism