Sept. 17, 2010
Drew Curtis, a 1995 Luther College graduate and creator of the news aggregator site Fark.com, will lecture Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. in Room 206 of Valders Hall of Science. The lecture is part of a weeklong residency, during which Curtis will visit classrooms and meet with students and faculty.
The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Curtis' lecture, "It's Not News, It's Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap As News," is based on his bestselling book of the same name. The book, which sold 25,000 copies in its first 12 weeks, centers on mass media's transition to digital modes of communication.
As the proprietor and editor-in-chief of Fark.com, Curtis is in a unique position in the news and digital media worlds. For the past 12 years, he has watched media's evolution from an industry eschewing and dismissing the digital realm to an industry whose survival now depends on it.
As editor of the web's most famous news aggregator, Curtis sorts through more than 2,000 news items submitted daily by a pool of three million users. Thanks to the advances in digital media, little happens in the world that doesn't pass across his desk. Yet without traditional journalism, there would be nothing to report. Fark and similar new web services represent a new piece of the media consumption equation.
Curtis' lecture is sponsored by the Luther Center for Ethics and Public Life as part of the college's sesquicentennial celebration. The "Transformed by the Journey" series highlights the vocational journeys of Luther graduates as the college looks toward its future.