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Kilbourne and others to speak at SSU lecture

Sure, our culture passively absorbs thousands of media messages that bombard us every day, as comfortably and unthinkingly as drawing breath, or slurping a diet soda. But the effects of the commercial barrage can be shocking, with impacts that shape both society-at-large and individual behavior. To draw attention to that situation, the Sonoma County Department of Health Services, Sonoma State University, and the Sonoma County Literacy Project are co-sponsoring "Deadly Persuasion? Media's Hidden Messages." Jean Kilbourne and fellow media literacy experts David Considine, Peter DeBenedittis, and Ann Simonton will unscramble some of the hidden signals to reveal how media and marketing messages are painstakingly strategized to create addictive behavior, promote gender stereotypes and violence, and even impact democratic processes by focusing on image over issues. The event will be held Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m. Sonoma State University, Person Theatre, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. Admission is $8/ general, $5/students. 707/664-2382

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From the March 8-14, 2001 issue of the Northern California Bohemian.

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