Books That Inspire 2005

States of Emergency: documentaries, wars, democracies
Patricia R. Zimmermann

I like books that tell me something counterintuitive about the world. States of Emergency does just that with our current media environment: it shows how in an era of media proliferation (more cable, more satellite, more Internet), we actually are seeing much less of reality. It's a terrifying prospect, and in its defense of truly independent voices in the media, this book reads like Tom Paine for the electronic age.
Randolph Lewis
Associate Professor of American Studies
Honors College