"The media, surely, is a more influential force in our lives and in the world's changing beliefs than politics or government ever was," holds Michael Wolfe in his much-discussed book "Autumn of the Moguls."
Can he be serious -- more influential than George Bush? Than the Roman Empire? Come and examine that question with fellow citizens this fall at Western Nevada Community College. The three-credit class, Critical Analysis of Mass Media (JOUR 101, call #32743, Sec. C01), meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
The class is led by veteran journalist Bob Cutts, whose approach to the media is collegial. "The Constitution guarantees a free press, and that free press is in fact a franchise of government that is owned by and answerable first to every citizen. I want to show you the owner's manual. If you don't like what you see and hear in media, you're going to learn why it's getting into media in the first place, and what you can do about it.
"Universal as our approach is, we're going to need strong citizens who aren't afraid to share their own opinions. Criticism welcome."
The WNCC semester begins Friday, Aug. 26; register online at www.wnc.edu.
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