Mark Thompson has spent more than thirty years in journalism and media. He worked for the BBC as researcher, film director, producer, news editor and channel controller before becoming chief executive of Channel 4 in 2002. He returned to the BBC as Director-General two years later and oversaw two general elections as editor-in-chief, as well as the 2012 London Olympics and programmes as varied as A History of the World in 100 Objects and Sherlock. He is currently the president and chief executive officer of The New York Times Company and lives in New York City. For the past two decades, he has focused on digital innovation in journalism and broadcasting, launching the BBC i-Player and numerous digital news products at the BBC and The New York Times. Mark Thompson was educated at Stonyhurst College and Merton College, Oxford. He is married with three children.
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In the twentieth century, the biggest threat facing public language seemed to be state censorship and control. Instead we find ourselves living in the era not of Newspeak but of Twitter and YouTube – an era of radical freedom of expression. We have never had more access to information or more opportunity to debate the issues of the day. So why has this revolution failed to live up to its promise?
More than party or ideology, Lost for Words will argue that changes in public language that are to blame for the division and paralysis in our democracies.
Featuring Sarah Palin and the Tea Party, George Osborne and Ed Balls, Fox News, Silvio Berlusconi, Vladimir Putin and many more, Lost for Words shows how language is losing its power to explain and connect, how an ominous gap is opening up across the West between the governed and those that govern, and explains what we must do to put that right.
“[A] superb book… Thompson’s own experience in the media is brilliantly deployed throughout for insight… Thompson is a sharp and entertaining analyst of political language itself.” – Guardian
“He writes restlessly and compellingly… [An] intricately but also urgently argued book.” – Financial Times
PUBLISHER: Bodley Head
PUBLICATION DATE: 1 September 2016
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