Last updated on: 5/12/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

George Skelton Biography

Title:
Columnist for the Los Angeles Times
Position:
Con to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"
Reasoning:

“[Social media] nurtures short attention spans, the craving for instant gratification and impersonal barbaric behavior. No time for serious thinking or boning up on substance. A quick stimulating hit of social recognition will suffice. And no need for civility when you’re not looking someone in the eye.”

“How Did Trump Become the Presumptive Nominee? Blame Twitter,” Los Angeles Times, May 5, 2016

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 1974-present
  • Former Sacramento Bureau Manager, United Press International (UPI)
  • Former Political Writer, Sacramento Union
Education:
  • BS, Journalism, San Jose State University, 1959
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @LATimesSkelton
  • Has written the “Capitol Journal” column for the Los Angeles Times since Jan. 1993
  • Has been a political writer and editor in Los Angeles, Sacramento bureau chief, and White House correspondent during his time at the Los Angeles Times
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?