The Power of Transparency

Interview with Michael Schudson of the Columbia School of Journalism
Friday, March 12, 2021 at 8pm pacific on KZSU
Note: Originally Aired May 13, 2016 [Show #255]
Michael Schudson, Twitter @mschudson2

“I would simply say that government power has become more and more important to the everyday lives of American citizens, [as opposed to the past when] the department of government an individual citizen was most likely to encounter was the post office!”

Discussion with Prof. Michael Schudson of the Columbia School of Journalism, author of The Rise of the Right to Know: Politics and the Culture of Transparency, 1945–1975. Michael is one of the leading media historians writing today, and this conversation highlights lessons of the 20th Century that apply to new media in the 2020s. His books have helped shape the media studies field and explored developments in public access to government operations. The post-war era was marked by the passing of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In this interview, the focus is on FOIA and other open government laws, its challenges and the impact of this history on our understanding of the Wikileaks-Snowden era.