As a child, growing up in the ’70s and still feeling the nearness of the civil rights movement of the ’60s, I believed that as time progressed America would become more and more open as a society and less prejudiced against people who are different from ourselves.
But, in his new book, Race-Baiter, media critic Eric Deggans calls into question my assumption that in America intolerance and narrow-mindedness are on a slow, but constant decline.
Instead, in an interview with Neal Conan on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, he suggests that modern media outlets, including 24-hour news programs, reality TV and even scripted television exploit prejudice and bias to build audience and sell advertising.
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