Join us for a presentation by Scott Thomas Anderson on how prose, poetry, and creativity will make or break the English language in the Digital Age. For more than a decade, Anderson has worked as a crime, culture, and travel journalist, writing in the center of a media metamorphosis that continues to alter how Americans share their everyday experiences. Anderson will discuss the danger of our youngest generations learning linguistic impulses through hyper-abbreviated platforms like Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram, and consider what happens to the brain's ability to focus when we trade books for multi-media distractions. He will also look at the future of the written word if today's writers, poets, artists, and teachers don't recognize the threats against it.
Scott Thomas Anderson is an award-winning staff writer for The Sacramento News and Review and a 2018 Fellow at USC Annenberg Center for Health Reporting. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Future Travel, and The Irish Independent, Dublin's largest daily newspaper. His nonfiction book, Shadow People: How Meth-Driven Crime is Eating at the Heart of Rural America, is an exploration of the nation's modern methamphetamine crisis. He is also the author of The Cutting Four-Piece: Crime and Tragedy in an Era of Prison Overcrowding.
The presentation and Q&A session will be from 1-2 pm. The Writers' Coffeehouse meeting will coincide with Anderson's presentation and members of that group will meet afterward.