Celebrity Health

Former Head of PBS and NBC News Dies at 86 from Parkinson's and Throat Cancer

Grossman definitely had left an important mark in the journalism

After Grossman left NBC, he wrote The Electronic Republic: Reshaping Democracy in the Information Age (1995). His book outlined how interactive telecommunications of that era of faxing, emailing lobbying, and 900 number telephone polls provided citizens with direct participation in politics. Citizens, according to him, became the new fourth estate.

Michiko Kakutani wrote in a Time Magazine review, that Mr. Grossman expressed his ideas in a “strong, clear language, eschewing both the naïve optimism about technology that has colored so much American thinking in the past and the doom-saying of many contemporary critics.”

The modern communication world will undoubtedly miss Lawrence Grossman’s ideas, perceptions, and changes.