As the 2012 election season speeds toward its finale, Tony Osborne, associate professor of communication arts at Gonzaga University, explores the impact of contemporary communication on democracy in a lecture titled “Dialogue vs. Narcissism” at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the McCarthey Athletic Center’s Herak Club Room.
The event, presented by the Greater Gonzaga Guild, is free and open to the public.
Osborne will contrast communication today – which, in all its forms, he says tends to be boisterous, belligerent, factually incorrect, and disrespectful – to the ideal of dialogue. Dialogue, Osborne notes, is a concept that dates back to Socrates and lies at the heart of humanism and Jesuit education. Dialogue also is foundational to democracy, Osborne will assert, and provides an ideal standard from which to critique today’s communicative practices.
“Dialogue isn’t about winning an argument or ‘getting ahead,’ ” Osborne says. “It’s about working together to discover essential human truths.”
Osborne has taught mass communication, leadership, public speaking, and honors rhetoric at Gonzaga for 10 years. Among his research interests are documentary film, art, popular culture, communication theory, rhetoric, and journalism.
His latest book, “Greed Is Good and Other Fables: Office Life in Popular Culture,” examines how office life is both extolled and reviled in popular culture. In the publication, Osborne explores how business values have ascended to cultural dominance in the United States, revealing another dichotomy of contemporary life – the ongoing struggle between financial and spiritual goals in the pursuit of “freedom” and the fulfillment of the American dream.
Osborne holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and master’s degrees from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and Ohio State University, as well as a doctorate from Ohio State.
The Greater Gonzaga Guild is dedicated to raising awareness of Gonzaga’s scholarly and cultural contributions to the region and is open to all people interested in learning.