Award-Winning Author & Journalist, NPR TV Critic & Media Analyst for MSNBC & NBC News
Eric Deggans is NPR’s first full-time TV critic, crafting stories and commentaries for the network’s shows, such as Morning Edition, Here & Now and All Things Considered, along with writing material for NPR.org. He also appears on NPR podcasts such as Life Kit, Code Switch, It’s Been a Minute and Pop Culture Happy Hour. Read More >
TEDx: How to Talk About Race
The Daily Show News Team: Content From Their Couches | SXSW 2021
Predicting the Republican’s 2020 October Surprise | Full Frontal on TBS
On Race Baiting | CNN
As the debate about racism in film, TV and pop culture builds, people need information on how to recognize prejudice and stereotypes in modern media projects and news reporting. Eric Deggans offers a presentation aimed at identifying how to identify and talk about racial issues in media and modern life, complete with a list of the four types of racism which most often affect media and a quiz to help people learn how their perceptions on race may have been affected by media messaging
One of the biggest challenges people face in modern life -- whether they are educators, business leaders, journalists or average citizens -- is having important conversations about race, gender or social issues which bring progress without heated conflict. In his roles as an author, analyst and educator, Eric Deggans has been leading significant conversations on such topics for more than 20 years. This presentation features information on how to have these important conversations in a relaxed, even fun way, connecting participants across race, gender and class lines while exploring crucial ideas about racism, sexism, prejudice and stereotypes.
With increased scrutiny on how issues of race, gender and difference are talked about in classrooms, it is important for educators and academics to have the proper tools for dissecting such issues in classrooms. Eric Deggans has developed a version of his presentation on talking about race and social issues without conflict specifically for educators and academics. It highlights everything from how to navigate tricky topics, to dissecting important social issues and how the methods people use to judge progress on racial and gender issues may affect how they communicate on those issues.
Today's clash between political ideologies and evolving technologies has created a world where people have trouble agreeing on the most basic facts, even as the growing reach of media products connects us in ways we could not have imagined just 10 years ago. Through his work as a media analyst, TV critic and social issues thought leader, Eric Deggans has developed a presentation outlining how media technology will evolve in the future and how that will affect how we all communicate with each other. He explores whether the film industry has a future, why misinformation and argument culture may be the biggest threat to democracy and why what the consumer wants is becoming the most powerful metric in media.
"No one breaks down the complexity of race, media, and popular culture more cogently than Eric Deggans. Witnessing him speak in person (which I did at Harvard), with his informative, entertaining and interactive PowerPoint, and his utterly engaging ‘teacherly’ persona, is even more rewarding than hearing his NPR commentaries, which are always masterfully superb. No one teaches me more about contemporary media than Eric Deggans."
"Eric Deggans is one of the most insightful and provocative writers about television today. In his columns for the St Petersburg Times and his NPR commentaries, Deggans has established himself as a voice worth listening to. His many fans -- and I'm one of them -- will devour this book."
"If you care about this country, if you want to take part in a citizen’s movement that helps heal the deep racial, economic, and cultural divides tearing us apart, you must read Eric Deggans’ Race-Baiter. No book of recent vintage so thoroughly dissects the media’s monetized appetite for division. Provocative, honest, and smart, Race-Baiter is a supremely important book. Read it and let the conversation begin."
"Eric Deggans proves that he is one of the most insightful and courageous writers covering today's fast-shifting media landscape. This is an important book."
"Deggans, the first-rate TV and media critic for the Tampa Bay Times...makes a smartly presented call for more civil discourse."
"Deggans is the veteran TV and media critic for the Tampa Bay Times, and best I can tell, the nation's premiere commentator on matters relating to race in the media…(Race-Baiter is) a sober, thoughtful and intelligent analysis…"
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