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Taking Apart the News (TATN)   

Z Online Class: A Zoom invitation link will be sent one day before each session begins.

Our spring TATN classes looked at how severe the challenges and trust issues facing the three branches of United States Government really were. Media and other experts continue to have concerns about whether America’s unique democracy is wavering and threatened. We will get clearer indications of this by following the 2022 mid-term elections, both before and after the November voting. How will media and Republican and Democrat messaging be viewed? At the same time, global tensions continue to rise and become more complicated. As 2022 draws to a close, we will look at whether the United States needs to have a primary foreign enemy and if so, which country it is. Or has polarization, as it has grown and contaminated the country in recent years, created its own enemies from within? Al will discuss harsh accusations from both right and left that media, with its great power and technological immediacy, makes controversies greater and more subject to misinformation and outright dishonesty. Join us to gain fresh insights, express your opinions, and learn what your contemporaries from Ann Arbor and around the country think. Al has made it clear, albeit somewhat reluctantly, that his role now includes expressing his own views as well as taking issue with both leaders and the media.


Al Chambers spent decades in front-line journalism and corporate communications consulting. He still works diligently in retirement to apply that experience to better understand the power and the speed of news, media, and technology.