Lawrence K. Grossman and James Kinsella discuss and describe how new technologies such as the Internet, online magazines, and interactive cable systems are replacing our shared experience of the front page, nightly news on TV, and conventional magazines. Grossman and Kinsella were participants in a 1996 conference at the National Humanities Center, “Deliberative Democracy in the Information Age,” part of the American Issues Forum.
Grossman is former president of PBS and author of The Electronic Republic: Reshaping American Democracy for the Information Age. At the time of this interview, Kinsella was general manager of MSNBC; he was founder of TIME magazine’s online newsfeed and Time Warner group’s Pathfinder online guide to its publications.
This episode of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.