2: Flat Earth News

Part of the Studies in Peace and Wisdom seminar series.

Nick Davies, Tuesday 4th March, 7-9pm, Bodhi Garden.

‘Finally I was forced to admit that I work in a corrupted profession.’

As part of our process of becoming collectively enlightened in the 18th century urbanisation accelerated, so giving rise to mass literacy, the mass media and the development of journalism, thereby opening the door for powerful interests and deep pockets to shape the orthodox, received narratives for consumers of mass media (i.e., almost everyone today). From a Buddhist perspective, it is unhealthy to inhabit fantasy worlds as they promote violent strategies to maintain the fantasy, and Nick Davies’ research raises some disturbing questions about our attempts to live in such a collective fantasy. In this talk Nick Davies will talk about his recent book, Flat earth News, that shows this process accelerating along with the dynamics that have been driving it.

[Nick Davies writes investigative stories for the Guardian, and has been named Journalist of the Year, Reporter of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year in British press awards. Apart from his work on newspapers, he also makes television documentaries and he has written four books, including White Lies, which uncovered a racist miscarriage of justice in Texas; Murder on Ward Four, which examined the collapse of the NHS through the murder of children by Nurse Beverly Allitt; and Dark Heart, a journey through the wasteland of British poverty. He has three children and lives in Sussex.]

Flat Earth News is published on the 7th February.


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