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Life of the Mind Lecture Focuses on Fake News, Bots and Double-Speak

UC's Jeffrey Blevins, an associate professor of journalism, will speak on 'Manufacturing Truth: The Political Economy of Fake News, Bots and Double-Speak.' from 3-5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Room 407 of the Teachers/Dyer Complex.

Date: 10/24/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Melissa Norris
Phone: (513) 556-1558

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Life of the Mind, interdisciplinary conversations with University of Cincinnati faculty, will return 3-5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Annie Laws (407 Teachers/Dyer) with a lecture by Jeffrey Blevins, associate professor and chair of the department of journalism in the College of Arts and Sciences. Professor Blevins will speak on “Manufacturing Truth: The Political Economy of Fake News, Bots and Double-Speak.”

Life of the Mind is a semi-annual lecture series that features a distinguished UC faculty member presenting his or her work and expertise. A panel of three responds to and discusses the lecture from diverse perspectives. The series includes intriguing insights from diverse perspectives and encourages faculty and students from across the university to engage in further discourse. The presentation is not simply a recitation of the faculty member’s work but promotes an informed point of view.

Blevins’ research examines the political economy of media and telecommunication policy. He is a frequent opinion-editorial columnist on media law and ethics topics with works appearing in USA Today, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Detroit Free Press and other venues.

He served as a federal grant reviewer for the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program administered by the National Telecommunication and Information Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce in 2009, and his research on minority broadcast ownership was cited by former Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. He is the author of numerous journal articles published in The Political Economy, Media Watch, the Journal of Media Education and Media Law and Ethics among other publications.
Sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, and organized by the University of Cincinnati Libraries and Faculty Senate, the mission of Life of the Mind is to celebrate UC faculty research, scholarship and creative output and to foster the free and open exchange of ideas and discourse. Life of the Mind is free and open to the public and attracts a broad audience including UC students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as people from the community.

More information about Life of the Mind is available online at For those who cannot attend in person, the Nov. 14 lecture will be streamed live via the website.