Common Reading For The Class Of 2021

book cover image from The Outrage Industry

The Common Reading Program book for the Class of 2021 and transfer students entering in Fall 2017 is The Outrage Industry: Political Opinion Media and the New Incivility, by Jeffrey M. Berry and Sarah Sobieraj. It is available at Tisch Library as an ebook and in print. The book examines "outrageous rhetoric" and asks how the language of outrage is shaping public and private life in the 21st century.

The Common Reading Program gives all incoming first-year and transfer students a shared intellectual experience and an opportunity to reflect on civic life and engagement as a member of the Tufts community. Each year, a committee of students, faculty and staff selects a book for all incoming Jumbos to read. The goal is to foster conversation and engender a sense of community to help ease the transition to college life. The program is co-sponsored by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Students.

Selected Books @ Tisch
Arceneaux, K., & Johnson, M. (2013). Changing minds or changing channels? : Partisan news in an age of choice (Chicago studies in American politics).

Berry, J. (1999). The new liberalism : The rising power of citizen groups. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press.

Dagnes, A. (2010). Politics on demand : The effects of 24-hour news on American politics (New directions in media). Santa Barbara, Calif.: Praeger.

Evans, M. (2016). Seeking good debate : Religion, science, and conflict in American public life.

Gutsche, R. (2015). Media control : News as an institution of power and social control.

Hemmer, N. (2016). Messengers of the Right. (Politics and Culture in Modern America). University of Pennsylvania Press.

Janda, Berry, Goldman, Schildkraut, Berry, Jeffrey M., Goldman, Jerry, & Schildkraut, Deborah J. (2016). The challenge of democracy : American government in global politics.

Jones, D. (2016). U.S. media and elections in flux : Dynamics and strategies.

Kellner, D. (2016). American nightmare : Donald Trump, media spectacle, and authoritarian populism (Transgressions (Rotterdam, Netherlands) ; v. 117).

Levendusky, M. (2013). How partisan media polarize America (Chicago studies in American politics).

Mutz, D. (2015). In-your-face politics : The consequences of uncivil media.

Novak, A. (2016). Media, millennials, and politics : The coming of age of the next political generation.

Schuck, P. (2017). One nation undecided clear thinking about five hard issues that divide us. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Sobieraj, S. (2011). Soundbitten : The perils of media-centered political activism. New York: New York University Press.


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