George Gerbner, former dean at the Annenberg School of Communication, died on Christmas Eve. I remember him from a project I did with he and Todd Gitling back in 1997. i was producer of one of HotWired's sites, called Synapse. We had a feature there called "Brain Tennis" in which two leading thinkers would debate an issue of the day. I put Gerbner and Todd Gitlin together for one entitled "Is Media Violence Free Speech?" In his memory, I thought people might enjoy revisiting it. He was a giant of media crit, and the world will miss him.
Brain Tennis: Is Media Violence Free Speech? with George Gerbner and Todd Gitlin. July 9, 1997.
(Your browser may not like circa-1997 frames. Here's a reprint of the debate from the Media Awareness Network in Canada.)