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Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy (Open Media Series) Paperback – March 11, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-1888363470 ISBN-10: 1888363479

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Product Details

  • Series: Open Media Series
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press (March 11, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888363479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888363470
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,235,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If we believe that an informed populace is an integral part of a successfully active democracy, writes Robert W. McChesney, then the commercial basis of U.S. media, in which a substantial number of media outlets are owned by a handful of corporations, is definite cause for concern. When corporations control the flow of information, he suggests, they will inevitably do so in a way that promotes their own interests over those of the citizenry. From an analysis of the corporate influence over the 1934 Communications Act to a discussion of how media convergence might kill off hope of the Internet bringing about a revolution, he debunks the myth of an objective, liberal media and emphasizes the belief that issues of media ownership should be treated as matters of public policy rather than strictly business.

About the Author

ROBERT W. MCCHESNEY is a research professor in the Institute of Communications Research and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His work concentrates on the history and political economy of communication, emphasizing the role media play in democratic and capitalist societies. While teaching at Wisconsin, he was selected as one of the top 100 classroom teachers on the Madison campus.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
While most media criticism looks at the personal politics of reporters and editors or other such nonsense, McChesney's terrific little book examines the news industry as an industry. Out of this analysis comes eye-opening revelations about why we get such a narrow perspective in the mainstream news, and why there is so little news reporting available that could serve to upset the corporate status quo.
McChesney is not a conspiracy theorist. This book is loaded with solid data and analysis that shows how our news providers are owned and organized and allowed to operate. And it is written in plain, clear language that anyone can understand.
The book might be hard to accept for people who think they already have it all figured out, but for everyone else it goes a long way toward explaining how our news and politics can remain so static when virtually everyone is unhappy with what they are getting from both.
Get it, read it, and lend it out to everyone you know.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 2000
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this book is brief and covers some of the basics of the corporate controlled media issue. for more in-depth coverage of controlled media as related to its social implications, read the authors "rich media, poor democracy." For those with short attention spans, this book will suffice.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 24, 1998
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If you want a handy resource on media mergers and corporate consolidation - This is the book for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David C N Swanson on February 9, 2004
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This is the best short introduction to the need for media reform in the United States that I have seen. For someone completely new to the topic, it will be shocking, surprising, and perhaps in places a little too brisk, but all-in-all the best place to start. For someone who has looked at the topic before, it will provide additional insights and a remarkable summary of the major issues.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By receveur1@hotmail.com on August 31, 1998
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This book is really amazing. So many events happen within our country which are either not covered or are trivialized to such an extent that people won't protest. Mr McChesney cuts through all of the media propaganda to provide a clear and coherent picture of our media system as it now stands. Buy this book now. END
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Nancy Snow on November 6, 1997
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If you get a little irritated and even downright angry about the powerful agenda setters and the decline of publicly defined power, you might want to consider "the five D's of Action:" Define corporate media, Dissect it, Denounce it, Disrupt it, and finally Dismantle it. This book is your manual for action. Nancy E. Snow, Peace Review
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More About the Author

Robert W. McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of several books on the media, including the award-winning Rich Media, Poor Democracy, and a co-editor (with Ben Scott) of Our Unfree Press: 100 Years of Radical Media Criticism (both available from The New Press). He lives in Urbana, Illinois.