Press release from IPFW:

Media Commentator to Speak at Upcoming IPFW Omnibus Lecture

(September 28, 2010) – “Googled: The Future of Media,” featuring media commentator Ken Auletta, will be the topic of the second Omnibus Lecture of the season Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m., in the Rhinehart Music Center at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). No tickets are required for this lecture.

Author and media columnist for The New Yorker, Ken Auletta is “the James Bond of the media world,” wrote Business Week, “a man who combines the probing mind and easy charm of a top intelligence agent with the glamour that benefits the holder of a high-profile job.” In his award-winning “Annals of Communications,” Auletta profiles media personalities. “The Lost Tycoon,” a story about Ted Turner, won the National Magazine Award. He has probed media violence, Political Action Committee donations by communication giants, the fat lecture fees earned by journalist-pundits, and covered the Microsoft antitrust trial.

Auletta’s new book, Googled: The End of The World As We Know It, is a New York Times business bestseller. Business Week named it one of the best books of the year. The author of 10 books, he has written four national bestsellers. Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Ways was hailed as “the best book ever written on network television.” Before insider trading scandals burst into our consciousness, Auletta captured the ethos of Wall Street in the mid-80s with Greed and Glory on Wall Street: The Fall of the House of Lehman. The Highwaymen: Warriors of the Information Superhighway and World War 3.0: Microsoft and Its Enemies were also bestsellers.

Auletta has published articles in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and The New Republic. Ranked by the Columbia Journalism Review as America’s premier media commentator, Auletta is a regular guest on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Charlie Rose, and Nightline.

The IPFW Omnibus Lecture Series brings six distinguished speakers to the university and the northeast Indiana community each year. The series, in its 16th year, is committed to presenting diverse perspectives through educated, respected, and entertaining speakers. Omnibus is made possible with the support of the English, Bonter, Mitchell Foundation and publicized with support from Northeast Indiana Public Radio and WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.

The 2010-2011 Omnibus Lecture Series is held in The John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center in the acoustically superb, 1,600-seat Auer Performance Hall. The music center is located on the north end of campus behind the Medical Education Center, in the arts plaza next to Williams Theatre and the Visual Arts Building.

Due to campus construction, attendees should plan to arrive early, allowing additional time for traffic and parking. Only drop-off and eight handicapped parking spaces will be available directly in front of the music center building.

Bio for Ken Auletta, provided by the OmniBus website:

Googled: The Future of Media
Thursday, October 7, 2010

Author and media columnist for The New Yorker, Ken Auletta is “the James Bond of the media world,” wrote Business Week, “a man who combines the probing mind and easy charm of a top intelligence agent with the glamour that benefits the holder of a high-profile job.” In ranking him as America’s premier media commentator, the Columbia Journalism Review concluded, “No other reporter has covered the news communication business as thoroughly.”

His award-winning “Annals of Communications” profiles have revealed, with unique intimacy, the inner-workings of such famous media personalities as Rupert Murdoch, Harvey Weinstein, Sumner Redstone, Michael Eisner, Barry Diller, and Bill Gates. His profile about Ted Turner, “The Lost Tycoon,” won the National Magazine Award. He has probed media violence, the Microsoft antitrust trial, the Political Action Committee donations made by communication giants, and the fat lecture fees earned by journalist-pundits.

His new book, Googled: The End of The World As We Know It, is a New York Times business bestseller. Business Week named it one of the best books of the year. The author of 10 books, he has written four national bestsellers. Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Ways was hailed as “the best book ever written on network television.” Before insider trading scandals burst into our consciousness, Auletta captured the ethos of Wall Street in the mid-’80s with Greed and Glory on Wall Street: The Fall of the House of Lehman. His books The Highwaymen: Warriors of the Information Superhighway and World War 3.0: Microsoft and Its Enemies were also bestsellers.

Auletta is a regular guest on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Charlie Rose, and Nightline. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and The New Republic.

OmniBus Lecture Series website

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